Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Karyn E. Rabourn, Ph.D.

Academic Year



Food insecurity is a non-academic barrier that must be considered when determining factors affecting students’ persistence and retention in college. Through the literature reviewed, food insecurity of community college students and the impact and barriers they face is explored in detail. The proposed solution addresses the stigma and lack of awareness regarding food insecurity resources available on campuses. Targeted communication with all students at the start of each semester will allow individuals to assess their level of food security. Depending on the level of food security, a targeted communication plan will follow providing information on resources available. Faculty and staff will have opportunities to learn about food insecurity and how it impacts students; creating awareness and sharing opportunities for assistance. Additionally, this project proposes having a master of social work student conduct their required fieldwork on-campus, by helping students who need more individualized support for food insecurity. Lastly, this project offers an opportunity for students to learn how to cook nutritionally on a budget. Through each of these project components, the hope is students feel the institution has shown care by recognizing and providing resources to address non-academic barriers, ultimately leading to greater persistence and retention.