Projects

Our projects are partnerships with colleges and universities, community organizations, and policymakers. They all seek to address challenges of life, logistics, and finances for #RealCollege students.

#RealCollege Survey

The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. Since 2015, we have offered reports for all participating institutions and systems, and issued a national report. To date, more than 400 colleges and universities have participated, and more than 330,000 students have responded to share their realities.


Projects from The Hope Center

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Reports

Alleviating Poverty and Promoting College Attainment in Philadelphia
Poverty remains one of the most serious challenges plaguing Philadelphia, an otherwise ambitious and thriving city on an upward trajectory.
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Campus Food Pantries: Insights from a National Survey
Food insecurity is widespread on American college campuses. Students do not have enough food to feed themselves and sometimes their
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Basic Needs Insecurity in Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities
In fall 2017, researchers from Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted a large-scale
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Still Hungry and Homeless in College
Since 2008, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (now the Hope Center) has examined food and housing insecurity among the nation’s undergraduates.
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Supporting Community College Completion with a Culture of Caring: A Case Study of Amarillo College
This report is an in-depth case study of the No Excuses Poverty Initiative at Amarillo College (AC), a midsize community
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Addressing Basic Needs Security in Higher Education
There is a new economics of college in America. At a time when more people than ever before are turning
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Hungry and Homeless in College
Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and wellbeing, along with their academic achievements.
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Los Angeles Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Dallas County Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Maricopa County Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Why the Time is Right to Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education
Education beyond high school is increasingly necessary for a good job, and so growing numbers of people are paying ever-rising
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#RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
Our aim in creating and hosting #RealCollege, a national convening on food and housing insecurity among undergraduates, was to catalyze
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Expanding the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education
In the early 20th century, communities and philanthropists came together to provide lunch to hungry school children. Some recognized that
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Too Distressed to Learn?
A new study at 10 community colleges across the nation reveals that half of the more than 4,000 community college
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Is Community College Already Free?
College prices are at the forefront of national concern and proposals to make public higher education free are gathering steam.
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Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all
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