A Culture of Caring
Katherine Mangan and Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Like so many students at Amarillo College, Cindy Lopez was one emergency away from dropping out before classes had even begun. A broken-down car or an eviction notice could stop her semester in its tracks.
Lopez, a 19-year-old single mother, persevered thanks to Amarillo College's No Excuses Poverty Initiative. The effort, which has attracted national attention for the breadth of support it offers students, comes at a time when colleges nationwide are facing increasing pressure to help students struggling to afford food, housing, and other basic needs.