#RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity Among San Diego Community College District Students During the Ongoing Pandemic

#RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity Among San Diego Community College District Students During the Ongoing Pandemic

Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges in San Diego as the city continued to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Courses, counseling, and support services had all gone remote in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) back in March, and they continued that way in the new term. Across the district, enrollment declined 9.4%.

This report sheds a light on how students attending community colleges in San Diego fared given the extraordinary circumstances of fall 2020. Specifically, we present results from the fall 200 #RealCollege Survey, fielded at all four SDCCD colleges from September to November 2020. Invitations to complete the survey were sent by email to 59,671 SDCCD students and 10,596 students participated, yielding an estimated response rate of 17.8%.

Topics covered include:

  • Impacts of the pandemic on:
    • Students’ health, employment, and well-being
    • Parenting students’ childcare demands
  • Students’ basic needs security
  • Utilization of public and campus supports, including SNAP and emergency aid
  • Disparities in students’ needs and access to supports