Sustaining Basic Needs Services at Postsecondary Institutions

May 2023
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Findings from the ECMC Foundation Basic Needs Initiative

This presentation featured findings from the ECMC Foundation Basic Needs Initiative evaluation report. This report provides lessons for implementing comprehensive, student-centered basic needs services. An associated rubric supports implementation at postsecondary institutions. Evaluation findings draw on data collected from over 70 postsecondary institutions across six states and diverse student voices from five colleges and universities. The findings provide practical actions institutions can take to provide student-centered approaches that alleviate stigma and increase basic needs security. Michigan Community College and Grand Rapids Community College also shared how they are systemizing and sustaining access to basic needs services across Michigan.

Webinar Recording


  • Michelle Hodara, Education Northwest
  • Ireri Rivas Mier Y Teran, ECMC Foundation
  • Precious Miller, Michigan Community College Association
  • Lina Blair, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Sandy Gregory, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Senior Fellow at Education Northwest