Student Success through Coordinated Compassion

The Boise State Student Basic Needs Collaborative (SBNC) is an organization of students, staff, faculty, and community partners working together to ensure that all students have the essential requirements to live, learn, thrive, and support well-being.

In 2018, a campus-wide survey at Boise State University found that...

What Are Student Basic Needs?

The 2018 #RealCollege Survey, performed by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, surveyed nearly 86,000 students at 123 two- and four-year institutions nationwide. Results found that 45% of students had experienced food insecurity in the past 30 days, while 56% had experienced housing insecurity and 17% had been homeless in the past year.

  • Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food in a socially acceptable manner.
  • Housing insecurity includes a broad set of challenges such as the inability to pay rent or utilities, or the need to move frequently.
  • Homelessness means that a person does not have a stable place to live.

Insufficient food and housing undermines post secondary educational success and increases the likelihood of poor physical and mental health outcomes. Housing insecurity and homelessness have a particularly strong, statistically significant relationship with college completion rates, persistence, and credit attainment.

People go to college in search of a better life and economic stability. But Sara Goldrick-Rab explains that too often, the new economics of college are creating poverty. Hunger, even homelessness, are holding students back. Higher education finance must be rethought so students aren't punished for pursuing education.

Learn more about the Boise State Student Basic Needs Collaborative