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    Basic Needs

    A growing number of college students are unable to afford the basic costs of daily living yet this issue is just beginning to get the attention it deserves from administrators and policymakers. A 2020 Wisconsin Hope Lab report found that over a third of college students were food insecure in the previous 30 days. Many undergraduate students are unfortunately ineligible to qualify for government assistance or relief provided for low-income adults.

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    Rising college tuition fees and costs associated with attaining a degree – such as transportation, books and supplies for classes, and rent or living expenses, make it difficult for many students to afford basic living essentials. As a result, students report being unable to succeed academically or complete their degree requirements.

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    Basic Needs

    Judi Alperin King: The Head of the Wily Network on Basic Needs and Belonging for Students on Their Own

    When she turns her camera on, Judi Alperin King, Ph.D., appears on Zoom, revealing a bare backdrop behind her, and the muffled but familiar noise of construction rumbling in the background. She quickly notes that the Wily Network, a safety net organization that supports college students’ basic needs, is expanding…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    08/25/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Science Summary

    Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report The Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University released its 2020 annual report summarizing the state of college student mental health from counseling centers. Key findings from the report note that anxiety and depression continue to be the most common presenting…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Student Success, Physical Health

    Science Summary

    Equity and Admissions Policies As admissions policies nationwide are scrutinized more closely, two recent papers address policy changes that can affect equity in higher education. According to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Texas policy that promises in-state college applicants in the top 10%…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Student Success

    Analysis: One Crisis with Varied Responses

    As the threat of COVID-19 escalated, colleges and universities had to make quick decisions regarding how to best protect the welfare of their students, faculty, and staff. Institutions with residential learning environments had to decide both how classes should be transitioned to online teaching, and the extent to which people…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Rep. Joe Kennedy Crafting Mental Health Legislation

    If it were not already top of mind for those worried about mental health amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, Congressman Joe Kennedy, III, D- Massachusetts, is crafting legislation that he says will be the “North Star” for a mental health system that many believe is off course. “For far too long,…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Interesting People Doing Important Work: Tamar Mendelson, PhD.

    The Center for Adolescent Health is a Prevention Research Center that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and housed at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Tamar Mendelson is its executive director. The Center’s mission is to promote health…

    MCQ. Issue 15
    10/24/2019
    College Affordability, Mental and Behavioral Health

    Science Summary

    Government Report Finds High Rates of Food Insecurity Among 1 College Students A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan congressional watchdog agency, cites widespread evidence of hunger on college campuses and urges officials to work with states and colleges to help more students get access to…

    MCQ. Issue 13
    07/25/2019
    Student Success, Substance Use

    Science Summary

    Increasing Representation of Ethnic Minorities in STEM Fields Ethnic minorities are underrepresented in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and efforts to increase diversity in STEM fields have not had a significant impact.  The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County provides a promising model for…

    MCQ.
    07/23/2019
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Schools That Make A Difference

    How Clark University works with the city of Worcester to improve the school and its host community They say if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. For Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this truism became the place-based planning strategy that would revitalize its neighborhood and…

    MCQ. Issue 13
    04/23/2019
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

    The McFeed is a weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of college students.