Food insecurity among public administration graduate students

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Food insecurity is a pressing concern for students in higher education. Much of the conversation surrounding this problem, however, focuses on undergraduate students. But some research finds the problem extends to graduate students. This study asks the question of how food insecurity may be affecting graduate students in public administration. A pilot study in a Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration-accredited program reveals that almost one quarter of respondents are food insecure. This includes one in five students who are completing their degrees online. The survey also found an important divergence between the types of programs food-insecure students are willing to use and those to which food-secure students are willing to contribute. Given the effects of food insecurity on academic success and degree completion, this study has important implications for public administration programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalTeaching Public Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Public Administration


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