We are a leading national action research center redefining what it means to be a student-ready college with a movement centering on students’ basic needs. Our work is firmly grounded in rigorous science, thoughtful practice, and social justice. You’re likely here because you—like us—believe that students are humans first. You also know that basic needs security is central to learning and is critical for student success and degree completion. Making sure students’ basic needs are met is quite simply a moral imperative.
HIP participation will accelerate the work your institution is already doing to improve student persistence and graduation rates and advance equity goals. Through HIP, you will use real-time data to assess students’ basic needs, campus policies, and programs, while receiving support to analyze, plan, and take action to improve students’ basic needs security and well-being.
Hear what our institutional partners have to say about HIP:
Del Mar's partnership with the Hope Center gave us the tools to identify where our students need the most assistance. With this initiative, and the data we received, our campus has been able to establish data-drive goals that will revolutionize services we offer so that our students' needs are met. We have also been able to build cross-campus partnerships to ensure goals aligned for the betterment of our students.
Director of Student Engagement & Retention at Del Mar College
Experiencing HIP last academic year was phenomenal! The regular check-ins and informational sessions allowed my team to adequately prepare for the survey implementation, which was extremely successful. The data we received from the survey provided us with clear indicators that helped strengthen and frame basic needs support for our students.
Dr. Benita Rashaw
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Frederick Community College
Having the opportunity to work with the Hope Center and participating in the Hope Impact Partnership initiative over the past year has allowed Dallas College to be more intentional about understanding the needs of our students and their basic needs insecurities. Additionally, having the opportunity to disseminate the Hope survey and access the new data dashboard, we can take an in-depth look at our data and where we might be able to make more data-informed decisions regarding the overall well-being of our students and the student journey. We enjoy our partnership with the HOPE center and being part of this first cohort of HIP!
Associate Vice Chancellor-Student Wellbeing & Social Support at Dallas College
Our participation as a Level I Hope Impact Partner helped our campus gain valuable insights into our students' basic needs insecurity and take action. Already, we have dismantled systemic barriers to food access at our campus food pantry, expanded availability of hygiene products, and begun to evaluate ways we can provide greater access to mental health services on our campus as a result of the data received through the Basic Needs Survey. Thanks to the support received from the Hope Center throughout the partnership period, our survey return rate was outstanding, helping us educate faculty and staff with valid and reliable data.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at SIUE
When you join HIP, you are supported by up-to-date research, evidence, data, best practices, experts, and lessons from peer institutions as you work to better serve your students’ basic needs. When you join HIP, you become part of a values-aligned community committed to reimagining and creating a better future, together.
Join The Hope Center—and 100 institutions (and growing!)—to create change for students on your campus now.
We offer three partnership levels with assessment, coaching, training, and learning communities to match your team’s current goals, strengths, needs, and capacity.
The Hope Impact Partnerships fee structure is based on the annual services provided at each level:
The Hope Center recognizes the systemic resource inequities between institutions and offers a fee reduction of $5000 per level, per year for HBCUs, Tribal, and community colleges.
Thank you for your interest in joining HIP! We are excited to support your important work for your students. To indicate your interest and commitment to participating, please complete and submit this enrollment application.
A few recommendations as you get started with your enrollment application:
For guidance on choosing the right HIP level and to learn more about which is best for your institution, please reach out to us at [click-for-email].
Only one form per institution should be submitted.
The enrollment application requires either permission for or completion by an institutional leader who is authorized to approve the terms of the partnership and commit necessary resources.
A downloadable PDF version of the enrollment application is posted below, so you coordinate with colleagues prior to beginning a submission.
Plan to complete the form in one instance. The application itself will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Your progress will be saved across pages, but only if you are using the same device and browser.
If you have questions before or as you complete the enrollment application, please contact us at [click-for-email].
Upon acceptance to HIP, we will provide an agreement that explicitly details core components for successful implementation and is required to be signed by both parties.
This agreement will include Temple’s IRB approval for the student survey and requires colleges to use Temple’s IRB approval (colleges may not seek their own IRB approval). It also includes a commitment to adhere to the Student Basic Needs Survey guidelines in terms of timeline, content of recruitment materials, and student sample to ensure survey results will not be biased or skewed.
Institutions accepted to participate in HIP will be given a personalized agreement that should be signed within 30 days of receipt. Invoices will follow with a 30-day payment window.