2017 Alumni Survey:
A Look at Belonging and Identity
The 2017 KIPP Alumni survey focused on how KIPP alumni experience a sense of belonging in college. The financial difficulties faced by students from low-income families in making it to graduation are well documented, but recently, less tangible factors—like sense of belonging—have also been shown to impact college completion rates. In 2017, 61 percent of KIPP alumni survey respondents reported feeling a sense of belonging in college. The survey results also show a connection between sense of belonging for KIPP alumni in college and both their mental health and achievement.
KIPP Alumni on Belonging in College
Feeling accepted and connected is vital for all college students to have a positive experience, and it is especially true for KIPP alumni and other first-generation college students. In these videos, KIPP alumni share how they built connections and found a sense of belonging during their college years.
2016 Alumni Survey
In 2017, KIPP released our 2016 KIPP Alumni Survey, which illuminated key challenges for KIPP alumni in college with managing finances, and finding work-study jobs and internships. Among KIPP alumni survey respondents in 2016, 25 percent reported financially supporting other family members at the same time they were going to school, and 40 percent reported skipping meals in college.