Does Basic Needs Funding Improve Persistence Among College Students? Findings on How HEERF Dollars Impacted Student Persistence at SNHU
October 17, 2023
In this paper, CHEPP releases findings on the impact of HEERF dollars distributed during the pandemic at SNHU on student persistence. It finds that students were nearly 15% more likely to stay enrolled in the next semester if they received basic needs support. These findings suggest there is a tremendous opportunity to help today’s learners persist and succeed by offering broad basic needs support nationally. According to a 2019-20 survey conducted by the National Postsecondary Student Aid (NPSAS), nearly a quarter of surveyed students reported low or very low food security and eight percent reported experiencing homelessness in the prior month. As policymakers consider how federal policy can support learner success, funding greater basic needs supports appears to be critical to keeping learners enrolled and advancing social and economic mobility.
Public Comment Letter Regarding the Confidentiality and Disclosure of State Unemployment Compensation (UC) Information
Competency-Based Education (CBE) holds the potential to unlock opportunity for millions of learners by offering them the option of demonstrating their learning, untethered from the 'seat time' required in completing credit hours. In a new primer for policymakers, CHEPP and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) unpack what CBE is, what CBE is, how it works, the potential benefits to learners, and how institutional practice is driven by federal higher education policy. The goal of this primer is to provide policymakers with valuable information about CBE as they consider how institutions of higher education can meet the needs of more learners across the country.
Comment Letter to the Senate HELP Committee regarding the reauthorization of ESRA