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Free Food Planters at University of New Brunswick

  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (NB)

To engage its campus community in personal and social change through sustainable urban agriculture, the University of New Brunswick Sustainability Office has established sustainable, self-watering, free food planters around the ...


UMN Morris Native American Student Success (NASS) program

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

University of Minnesota Morris is the only four-year Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution in the Upper Midwest. Twenty-one percent of Morris students are Native American with 65 federally recognized tribes represented ...


Connecticut College Lending Library

  • Connecticut College (CT)

The Lending Library at Connecticut College allows students to rent a textbook at no cost for the duration of a course, and is an attempt to address the issue of ...


There is No Such Thing as Free Higher Education: A Global Perspective on the (Many) Realities of Free Systems

In the past few years, many countries around the world have debated the financing of higher education. Increasingly, claims emerge that higher education should be free. This article analyses the ...


Going Without: An Exploration of Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates

  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Iowa (IA)

The rising price of higher education and its implications for equity and accessibility have been extensively documented, but the material conditions of students’ lives are often overlooked. Data from more ...


Still Hungry and Homeless in College

  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This is the largest national survey assessing the basic needs security of university students. It is the HOPE Lab’s 3rd national survey; the other two focused on community colleges ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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SCORE! A free-cycling event at the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus

  • University of Alberta (AB)

SCORE! is… A pop-up swap. A store where everything is free. A community marketplace of reciprocity. A redistribution of goods. Alternative economics. A party!! SCORE! is all of the above ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2018
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The Lending Library: Addressing Textbook Affordability and Reducing Waste

  • Connecticut College (CT)

As college textbook prices continue to rise, access to the resources needed to succeed in a course has become a social justice issue. The Lending Library, which was started in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Strategic Alignment: Communicating Sustainability's Contributions and Value to Mission Level Priorities

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Given the challenges facing higher education, from ongoing budget cuts and an affordability crisis to new political realities, sustainability professionals must identify and make a case for the ways in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Making College Affordable: Providing Low-Income Students With the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for CollegeState Flagships

College can seem out of reach for many low-income students. Too often they believe college is unaffordable and unattainable. It is no surprise then that students from the bottom socioeconomic ...

  • Posted Nov. 16, 2017
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UConn Open Educational Resources

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The OER initiative at University of Connecticut has affected several thousand students through the adoption of open textbooks and course redesigns to increase affordability. In September 2016, the Provost provided ...


Affordability in Higher Education

The affordability of higher education is one of the most pressing challenges to college and university leaders and politicians. Meanwhile, students and parents face their own hurdles paying for college ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Hear My Voice: Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California

The Ed Trust–West report, Hear My Voice, examines the intersection of race, gender, and education and draws upon on-campus interviews with male students of color, parents, educators, and administrators ...

  • Posted July 13, 2017
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Guide to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

Is every student on your college campus ready to learn? High school grades and/or standardized test scores are often used to answer that question, but those numbers do not ...


Kauai Community College Tiny House Hydro Electric Micro Grid Project

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

During the Summer of 2016 a free Tiny House building course was offered free to the community of Kauai. The course ran for five days and focused on building the ...


UTA CARES: Open Education and Open Pedagogy for Sustainable Future and Resource Conservation

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Reducing the cost of a college education is a frequent topic in higher education circles. Some colleges and universities such as UT Arlington have been trying to find other ways ...


Case Study: Oregon State University Becomes the First University to Accept Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) at University Run Grocery Store

  • Oregon State University (OR)

In January 2016, OSU began accepting SNAP at a campus grocery store, allowing individuals with SNAP to access these funds while on campus. OSU is the first to have a ...


The University as a Site of Food Insecurity

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The project investigated a topic of increasing importance, that of food security among undergraduate students while away at school. Specifically, we examine the topic through two methodological approaches. First, a ...


Finance and Curriculum

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  1. Relating the assignment to the University Mission
  2. Answering student demand
  3. Addressing programmatic structure
  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Six ways to ensure higher education leaves no one behind

  • UNESCO

Noting the lack of sufficient institutions to cater to the growing demand for higher education as well as increasing disparities in its access, the United Nations educational and scientific agency ...

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Hungry and Homeless in College: Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and wellbeing, along with their academic achievements. Addressing these basic needs is critical to ensuring that ...

  • Posted March 21, 2017
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Race & Ethnicity as a Barrier to Opportunity: A Blueprint for Higher Education Equity

Young Invincibles released its latest report, Race & Ethnicity as a Barrier to Opportunity: A Blueprint for Higher Education Equity. The report takes an in-depth look at the disproportionate challenges ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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Is Higher Education Economically Unsustainable? An Exploration of Factors that Undermine Sustainability Assessments of Higher Education

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

As students continue to review the sustainability of higher education institutions, there is a growing need to understand the economic returns of degrees as a function of a sustainable institution ...


Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

We characterize rates of intergenerational income mobility at each college in the United States using administrative data for over 30 million college students from 1999-2013. We document four results. First ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Bike Rentals, Education and Outreach: Creating student-led jobs, leadership positions, and access at a commuter college.

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The Bike Program funded 100% by student activity fees was launched in January 12, 2012 to increase access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation at the PCC Cascade Campus. Through ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Homestead Campus to Cure Higher Ed's Hang-Ups: Affordability, Access, & Sustainability Lip-Service

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Students and families complain that college is too expensive and exclusive. Employers complain that college graduates lack practical skills and critical thinking abilities. Sustainability educators call it systems thinking but ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Struggling to Serve at the Nation’s Richest University

  • Harvard University (MA)

A New York Times article about the 2016 university dining hall workers' strike at Harvard University. Employees were dissatisfied with a health insurance increase in the face of low wages ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Serenity "Soul"-ar: A Campus-Community Collaboration in North Philadelphia

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Serenity Soular is a campus-community partnership between community leaders in North Philadelphia and a group of faculty and students at Swarthmore College. Committed to keeping the ‘soul’ in sustainability, our ...


Solar Energy Justice in Portland

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Project Description We are two Environmental Studies majors pursuing a project to put solar panels on affordable housing in Portland. We are working with Central City Concern (CCC) to put ...


True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities

Representation of low-income students at selective colleges and universities has not changed in ten years despite selective institutions’ well-advertised, increased commitment to “need-blind admissions” and “no-loan financial aid” packages. All ...


Making Textbooks Affordable: Student Government Toolkit

The Making Textbooks Affordable toolkit explains how to expand the use of open textbooks on your campus. These free, high-quality, open-source books can save students on your campus millions of ...

  • Posted April 16, 2016
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Covering the Cost: Why We can no Longer Afford to Ignore High Textbook Prices

  • The Student PIRGs (OR)

This report investigates the degree to which high textbook prices affect student financial standing and behavior.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Almost one-third (30%) of students replied that they had ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Pulling Up the Higher-Ed Ladder: Myth and Reality in the Crisis of College Affordability

This brief attempts to pinpoint the cause(s) of spiraling tuition by taking a deep dive into public university revenue and spending data from the National Center for Education Statistics ...

  • Posted March 31, 2016
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College Affordability and Transparency Center

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based ...


The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the “New Normal” of Student Borrowing

This report, The Debt Divide, provides a comprehensive look at how the “new normal” of debt-financed college impacts the whole pipeline of decision-making related to college. This includes, whether to ...

  • Posted March 13, 2016
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The Student Debt Review: Analyzing the State of Undergraduate Student Borrowing

Student debt is not a new concern. But it is a complex story, the details of which vary greatly depending on the type of college a student attends, and the ...

  • Posted March 13, 2016
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There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts

Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?

  • Posted March 12, 2016
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Growing Food Security in Higher Education Institutions

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Food insecurity is the incapacity to access a variety of different and preferred foods due to a lack of resources, according to the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale. The Growing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Open Education Model of Environmental Sustainability Course Creation

  • Central Community College (NE)

The traditional textbook publishing model is not sustainable. The average yearly textbook expense of $1200 can impact student retention. Studies show that students saving on text expense sign up for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Cost of a Healthy Meal

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In our society, a lot has been said about the connection between the cost of food and the nutrition that it provides. This has been a topic for discussion in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Communities and Community Gardens on Campus

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Project Grow - Growing Community and a Garden at Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University (WKU) is building its first Community Garden on campus, a research-based project that includes four components ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Lower Socioeconomic Status and Sustainable Campus Housing Access

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, The University of Arizona (UA) took two huge leaps towards a more sustainable future through the erection of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum buildings ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Gardening with Neighbors: Community Gardening and Food Security in West Louisville

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The “West End” of Louisville is characterized by many low-income neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by high levels of food insecurity and poor health conditions. Still, community groups and neighborhoods ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Partnering to Increase Community Access to Solar Energy

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

The Southwest is blessed with the highest abundance of solar resource in the country, yet institutional barriers persist that keep solar costly and prevent local governments, homeowners and businesses from ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Are Green Campuses Walking the Talk? Providing Underrepresented Students with Access to Sustainability

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Have you had a difficult time articulating why sustainability assessments such as STARS include diversity as an indicator? This presentation will offer a few explanations through a brief review of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Community gardens and access to green space for near-poverty populations

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

Backyard gardening has become more popular in recent years both as an outdoor recreation activity and a means of food safety and security. Access to open space for gardening is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Design Center for Global Needs

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Design Center for Global Needs has been the research and development component in the Department of Design & Industry (DAI). The Center promotes and fosters community, national and international ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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ecoMOD Project

  • University of Virginia (VA)

ecoMOD / ecoREMOD is a research and educational project at the University of Virginia, striving to create sustainable modular and renovated housing units for affordable housing organizations

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

  • Cornell University (NY)

Established in 2003 through the generosity of Sam Johnson, Johnson’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Law Centre

  • University of Victoria (BC)

The ELC works for community groups, conservation organizations and Indigenous communities across British Columbia building legal capacity to tackle today’s complex environmental challenges. The Centre's work has three ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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