Adaptive Complexity: Examining Texas Public Postsecondary Institutions' Provision of Student Basic Needs Programs

Date

2024-04-16

Authors

Zottarelli, Lisa K.
Xu, Xiaohe
Hatcher, Jayla M.
Thiruppathiraj, Raji
Ellis, Natasha
Chowdhury, Shamatanni
Sunil, Thankam

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MDPI

Abstract

This study reveals that the likelihood and diversity of postsecondary institutions providing basic needs programs are significantly influenced by institutional factors such as the institutions' organization and size. This study also indicates that Hispanic-Serving Institutions tend to provide emergency housing, which highlights a targeted response to specific community needs. In addition, the analysis indicates that the presence of students with financial needs is linked to the availability of food pantry services, suggesting a strategic approach to address student welfare. The findings from this study provide critical insights into how institutional characteristics influence the provision and variety of basic needs services. These conclusions not only underscore the pivotal role of such services in supporting the overall well-being and academic success of students but also indicate institutional factors that support the formal implementation of a variety of basic needs programs to meet diverse student needs.

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Citation

Trends in Higher Education 3 (2): 247-259 (2024)

Department

Sociology and Demography