Moving the Needle on College Student Basic Needs
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Moving the Needle on College Student Basic Needs

National Community College Provost Perspectives

Posted: April 28, 2021
Author(s): Melissa Blankstein and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg
Organization(s): Ithaka S+R

For many years, higher education data collection has focused on student success metrics like enrollment, graduation, retention, and course completion rates. At the same time, college leaders have become increasingly aware—in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic—of the vast array of challenges that college students face outside of the classroom that prevent them from fully succeeding. This report explores data priorities and practices, attitudes toward greater incorporation of holistic success metrics, and anticipated barriers to making adjustments to current practices.