Driver 2 - Supportive Instructor & Course Interactions

Resources in this Change Idea

Evidence Base

It is estimated that more than 50% of undergraduate students in the United States experience basic needs insecurity – including food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness – while in college (Goldrick-Rab et al., 2019; Broton & Goldrick-Rab, 2017; Nazmi et al., 2018). Financially stressed students’ academic motivation and feelings of self-efficacy can be bolstered when course policies reduce financial barriers and actively support well-being and when instructors convey that they and the institution care about them (Browman & Destin, 2016). These practices, in turn, can support academic performance and retention.



College Transition Collaborative/Equity Accelerator


Instructors across the SEP network used evidence-based resources in the SEP Classroom Practices Library to support students experiencing financial stress. The resource guides in the Classroom Practices Library helped instructors develop course policies that provide reasonable flexibility for students impacted by unforeseen life circumstances, connect students with resources to support their basic needs, and get involved with more institution-level efforts to address basic needs security for students. Click the link below to learn more about supporting students experiencing financial stress and review the evidence-based implementation guide in the Classroom Practices Library.