Creating Positive College Campus Racial Climates for Students of Color

Oct. 19, 2023
Getting into college is one accomplishment. However, what happens once a student arrives on campus? How are they treated? How do they feel? Students of color often experience college differently than their white peers because of the negative attitudes, behavior, and practices some peers and faculty have toward students of color because of their race…
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Stressed Out and Stopping Out

March 21, 2023
Researchers have long warned of a growing mental health crisis on U.S. college campuses and demand for campus counseling services rising past the capacity of many schools to keep up with it. The situation was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which isolated students at a time when social relationships are particularly important to their ability…

Using Research to Improve the Postsecondary Educational Outcomes of Community College Students in Foster Care

Jan. 24, 2023
Community college is the most common pathway into postsecondary education among young people in foster care. This pathway is a logical choice for both academic and financial reasons. Many young people in foster care with aspirations for postsecondary education need remediation before they are prepared for college-level coursework. At community college, students can take courses…

The Mental Health and Well-Being of Young Professionals

Jan. 11, 2023
The prevalence of mental health issues among college students is well documented, yet less is known about this same population group as they graduate and begin their careers. This survey from The Mary Christie Institute, in partnership with the Healthy Minds Network, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and the National Association for…

College Material

Dec. 9, 2022
In the city of Milwaukee, the vast majority of students do not achieve both high school and college graduation. This reality negatively impacts not only those students but also the region’s workforce challenges. Indeed, the area economy could suffer greatly unless metro Milwaukee leaders can develop strategies to increase the home-grown talent needed to fill…
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Student Debt Is Harming the Mental Health of Black Borrowers

July 1, 2022
Approximately 45 million Americans carry $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, but the financial challenges facing Black borrowers are numerous. Black students are more likely to borrow, borrow more, and are more likely to struggle with repayment than their peers, because they collectively have fewer resources due to the generational and ongoing effects of structural…

Implementing Caring Campus With Nonacademic Staff

June 9, 2022
Although there is ample research on the role of faculty in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, little attention has been paid to the contributions nonacademic staff can make to this effort. Personnel in student service divisions like financial aid, enrollment management, advising, counseling, and the registrar are instrumental in helping students navigate college.…

Research Evidence on Community College Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan Onboarding Practices

May 16, 2022
Helping students gain early momentum is essential not only for improving student success rates and for closing equity gaps but also for countering declining community college enrollments. To build back enrollments, community colleges need to substantially increase retention as well as recruitment, particularly among students from underserved groups, says this report from the Community College…
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Experiences of LGBTQ People in Four-Year Colleges and Graduate Programs

May 10, 2022
As of fall 2019, more than 11 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students were enrolled in four-year or graduate universities. These institutions provide an important stepping stone to higher earnings and greater economic stability; those with higher levels of education are consistently found to have higher rates of employment and higher median earnings.However, LGBTQ…

HEERF Works

April 5, 2022
A report from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities shows that public research universities spent nearly $14.5 billion, or more than 70 percent, of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant dollars as of Dec. 31, 2021. The funds were used to meet students’ basic needs, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and pivot to…

The Impacts of Emergency MicroGrants on Student Success

March 31, 2022
The Panther Retention Grant (PRG) program at Georgia State University (Georgia State) is one of the nation’s pioneering examples of a retention or completion grant program focusing on supporting students with immediate financial need. This study from Ithaka S+R explores the impacts of the program’s emergency grant on student outcomes and institutional finances.
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Connecting Community College Students to SNAP Benefits

March 16, 2022
Reducing stigma—and treating people with dignity when they ask for support—can have a powerful impact on alleviating food insecurity for college students, says a new report from the Hope Center on College, Community, and Justice. The study shares five lessons from a pilot intervention at Compton College to connect eligible community college students to Supplemental…

Implications of Providing Child Care Assistance to Parents in Education and Training

March 14, 2022
This report from WorkRise explores the potential implications of a hypothetical policy change that makes child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)—the nation’s primary child care assistance program for families with lower incomes—more available to families in which the parents are in school or training.