Tackling Poverty to Increase Graduations
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
A growing number of colleges are trying to help poor students meet their basic needs and remove barriers that keep them from graduating.
Amarillo College is a prime example. Last year, the Texas community college established an Advocacy and Resource Center on its campus to centralize efforts to tackle poverty. The center is a one-stop shop for students to access emergency aid and social services and find resources for their childcare needs. It also has a free food pantry and clothing bank.