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HOPE Founder discusses the Trump administration's higher education policy
Sara Goldrick-Rab appeared on WHYY Public Media to discuss universal free college, oversight of for-profit colleges, and college affordability. Listen here.
HOPE to investigate impact of student grants on degree completion
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab is part of a five-year, $3.98 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to investigate whether small-dollar completion grants help students complete their degrees. HOPE will join researchers at Temple University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to study completion grants at multiple APLU institutions. Read more.
HOPE founder speaks about college affordability on Smart Talk
Sara Goldrick-Rab appeared on WITF to discuss college affordability in Pennsylvania and her new book, Paying the Price. Listen here.
The New Republic reviews Paying the Price
In a recent review, The New Republic provides an overview of Paying the Price and recounts several of the book's policy solutions, including "first degree free," an effort to provide free public education to students pursuing 2-year and 4-year degrees. Read more.
Higher Education Strategy names Paying the Price its book of the year
Alex Usher writes, "Goldrick-Rab wrote a page-turning best-seller about student aid. I've been in the student aid business a long time and never thought this possible. It's a great book: read it." Read more.
HOPE Founder discusses new book on WAMC
Paying the Price appears on multiple "Best of 2016" lists
HOPE Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab's recent book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, was included on two prominent lists of the best books of 2016. The book was first runner up in Inside Higher Ed's #IHEreaderschoice award. In addition, John Warner of The Chicago Tribune included the book in his list of "Books About Education You Should Read If You Care About Education."
Paying the Price featured in Metro
Sara Goldrick-Rab's new book Paying the Price was featured on the front page of Metro, a free New York City newspaper that reaches over 1.5 million readers weekly. In the article, Sara discusses college students' struggles despite their hard work. Read more.
Goldrick-Rab's book covered in the Chicago Tribune
"Paying the Price is a detailed look at shortsighted and insufficient policies and the specific havoc they wreak on specific students," according to the Chicago Tribune. The article compares Paying the Price to Christopher Newfield's new book, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, that explores how commercialization in higher education has led to decline. Read more.
HOPE Founder featured in interview with Mother Jones
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab talks about her new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream in an interview with Mother Jones. Read more.
HOPE Founder discusses free public higher education at SUNYCON2016
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab spoke at the State University of New York's 2016 Annual Conference. She discussed free college with Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Melissa Korn and Matthew Chingos of the Brookings Institution. Watch here.
Goldrick-Rab discusses new book with Wharton Business Radio
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab spoke to Dan Loney about undergraduate college affordability, the limitations of our current financial aid system, and undergraduate food and housing insecurity. Listen here.
HOPE Founder discusses college prices, costs, and student debt with The American Prospect.
In a wide-ranging interview with The American Prospect, HOPE Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses why the price of college is increasing while the cost of providing a college education has remained steady. Read more.
Glamour article featuring HOPE Lab founder recommends strategies for students hoping to pay for college
In a new article in Glamour, Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab shares several strategies for students struggling to afford college. She recommends not trusting colleges' sticker prices, applying for financial aid early, and, to the extend possible, limiting outside work. Read more.
HOPE Founder appears on CSPAN's After Words
Sara Goldrick-Rab was featured in an episode of CSPAN's After Words. She spoke about college affordability and her new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Watch here.
Pacific Standard publishes interview with HOPE Founder
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab discussed her new book, college affordability, and the student debt crisis in a new interview with Pacific Standard. Read the interview.
HOPE affiliate Schudde releases working paper on the impacts of SAP on academic achievement
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Lauren Schudde and co-author Judith Scott-Clayton recently released an NBER working paper describing the impacts of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements on persistence, credit attainment, and grades. They find that failure to meet SAP requirements reduces credit attainment but improves grades for students who remain enrolled. In addition, SAP standards increase inequality by "pushing out low-performing, low-income students faster than their equally low-performing, but higher-income peers. Read the paper.
Founder Goldrick-Rab's book tour begins
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab began her book tour with an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, an article in The Atlantic, and events at the Milwaukee Public Library and A Room of One's Own Book Store in Madison. She also appeared on WISC-TV News 3. The book and the tour were covered by The Capital Times and The Daily Cardinal. Sara also contributed a post to Urban University linking the book's findings to related HOPE Lab work on undergraduate food and housing insecurity. Tour dates.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder to appear on The Daily Show
On Tuesday, September 27th, at 11/10c, Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab will appear on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk about her new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Read The Capital Times article.
Capital Times features Goldrick-Rab's new book
A recent article in the Capital Times focused on Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab's new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. The book uses interviews and data from Wisconsin students to show how the current financial aid system fails American students and to suggest steps that will help ensure that every student has a chance for postsecondary success. Read more. Buy the book.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab and HUD release guidebook to help colleges address student housing issues
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab have co-authored this guidebook to assist institutions of higher education as they consider, evaluate, implement, and scale up programs and policies to support students' learning, persistence, and completion. Drawing on examples from institutions nationwide, this guidebook describes strategies that colleges and universities can implement in order to support students facing housing insecurity and challenges covering other living costs, such as food and childcare. Read the guidebook.
Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab named to the Politico 50
Each year, Politico creates a list of the 50 most influential "thinkers, doers, and dreamers." Sara Goldrick-Rab was named to the 2016 list for her efforts to make college affordable, including her new book Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Read more.
Kresge awards the Wisconsin HOPE Lab grant to better understand undergraduate food and housing insecurity
The Kresge Foundation's Education and Human Services Programs have awarded the Wisconsin HOPE Lab $200,000 to collect data on undergraduate material need from a national sample of community colleges. The Lab and the Association of Community College (ACCT) Trustees have partnered to identify participating schools. The HOPE Lab and ACCT will disseminate the results of the survey in spring 2017. Read the press release.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab releases website and convening summary focusing on undergraduate material need
In April 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab hosted 150 practitioners, policymakers, and researchers at Milwaukee Area Technical College to learn how to effectively address undergraduate food and housing insecurity and increase college completion for low-income students. Read the convening summary here. To follow up on this effort, the Lab has created a website including all videos, presentations, and other materials from the convening as well as food and housing resources for college students and institutions and related readings on the topic. Go to the website.
In Chronicle op-ed, Founder Goldrick-Rab shares what colleges can do to help low-income students
Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab describes the challenges low-income students face in higher education and how colleges can help these students succeed. Read more.
Founder Goldrick-Rab contributes to radio program on student hunger
Sara Goldrick-Rab appeared on the radio program 21st Show to speak about student hunger and approaches to addressing it, including food pantries. Listen here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab graduate student joins podcast on college food insecurity
Katharine Broton appeared on an American Radio Works podcast focused on hungry college students. She described results from the Lab's Hungry to Learn report and efforts to address student hunger. Listen here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab research featured prominently in New York Times article focusing on living costs
Colleges' estimates of living costs help set the limit on financial aid students can receive. These estimates are often wrong, however, and colleges located blocks from each other arrive at vastly different figures. One solution: the U.S. Department of Education should "develop a consistent method to calculate living costs." Read more.
HOPE Lab report results in food pantry at Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College (GHC) opened the Charger Food Pantry in response to the Wisconsin HOPE Lab's Hungry to Learn report showing widespread food and housing insecurity among college students. The pantry opened in March and partners with a local food distribution center to provide healthy food to students at five GHC campuses. Read more.
Congressional Bill to limit FAFSA re-filing based on Wisconsin HOPE Lab work
On July 15, 2016, Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced H.R. 5784, the File Once FAFSA Act of 2016. The legislation simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for low-income students by requiring dependent Pell Grant recipients to file just once before going to college and forgo burdensome refiling in subsequent years. If enacted, the bill would make it easier for nearly 3.5 million low-income students to obtain critical Pell Grant Aid and access and complete college. Read more here and here.
Costs and Productivity in Higher Education Convening Summary
On October 15th and 16th, 2015, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab hosted a workshop on Costs and Productivity in Higher Education. Researchers from across the country came together to discuss reframing current discussions of higher education costs to focus on actual resources used and how those resources impact are linked to desired outcomes. Read the workshop summary here.
Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab featured in new Slate podcast
Slate's newest podcast, The United States of Debt, follows people whose lives have been impacted by debt, including student debt. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab is featured in several of these podcasts. Listen to the podcast.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab awarded IES grant for nudging study
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab is part of a $2.175 million dollar grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to study whether information on FAFSA renewal and Satisfactory Academic Progress, delivered via text message, helps students persist in school and eventually graduate. Read more.
National College Access Network features HOPE research on timing of FAFSA applications
NCAN cited HOPE's newly released working paper showing that nearly half of Pell grant recipients file their FAFSA's after their states' aid deadlines, disqualifying them for state grant money. To encourage students to file on time, states should align their deadlines with the federal deadline or use behaviorally informed messages to alert students and their parents to aid deadlines. Read more.
California State University to host statewide food and housing insecurity conference
The CSU Conference to Best Meet the Needs of Housing Displaced and Food Insecure Students will take place June 20-21 for over 200 participants from CSU's 23 campuses. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Clare Cady will deliver a keynote address. Learn more.
WNYC's The Takeaway airs report on HOPE's Too Distressed to Learn
Wisconsin HOPE Lab researcher Drew Anderson comments on student loans in WalletHub
In a feature on U.S. cities with the most student loan debt, HOPE Lab postdoctoral researcher Drew Anderson comments on what students should consider when applying for loans, the steps students should take if they cannot afford loan payments, and potential impacts that student loan debt may have on the U.S. economy. Read more.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab brief results in amendment to the federal Child Nutrition Act
At the Wisconsin HOPE Lab we are deeply concerned with the growing body of evidence that food insecurity is hampering the ability of undergraduates to succeed in college. We’ve written widely on this, and earlier this week issued a short policy brief (abbreviated from our earlier, longer release) that together with the Scholars Strategy Network our Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab took to Capitol Hill. She had the opportunity to discuss it with Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) and his team.
Today Representative Scott introduced an amendment to the Child Nutrition Act that reiterated the Wisconsin HOPE Lab's call to expand the National School Lunch Program to higher education. As planned, after getting the issue on the record, he withdrew the amendment saying he will pursue it in the Higher Education Act.
This is an historic moment in the national effort to create more equitable opportunities for college attainment. We are deeply proud to be part of this effort.
View video of Representative Scott introducing HOPE Lab research into the Congressional Record (forward to the 3:25 mark).
Two new experimental studies from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab demonstrate the efficacy of financial aid
Students often say that the price of higher education prevents them from completing degrees. Does reducing the price by providing more grant aid increases their rate of success? Two new peer-reviewed studies from researchers at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab say “yes.” Read the articles in the American Journal of Sociology and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, or the press release.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab's #RealCollege event featured in The Washington Post
Writing in The Washington Post, Sara Goldrick-Rab describes the Lab's recent #RealCollege convening at Milwaukee Area Technical College that brought together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss how to address food and housing insecurity among undergraduates. #RealCollege participants brought a variety of innovative solutions currently in place and directions for future efforts. Read more. Storify of #RealCollege tweets.
Goldrick-Rab debates the value of free college efforts
In a debate with Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Sara Goldrick-Rab argued that free college programs will be worthwhile investments for increasing affordability, participation, and completion in higher education. The debate, moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, was sponsored by The Century Foundation and New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Watch the debate.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab proposes to expand National School Lunch Program to college
In a newly-released policy proposal, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Katharine Broton, and Emily Colo cite the changing demographics of higher education and evidence of food insecurity among undergraduates to argue that expanding the National School Lunch Program has the potential to help students earn their diplomas and become competitive in today's labor market. Read the proposal.
Here's a sampling of press reports:
Wis. research group proposes expanding NSLP to colleges
Food Service Director, April 29, 2016
Food assistance put on table for low-income college students
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 27, 2016
As college prices soar, poorest students left further behind
Christian Science Monitor, April 29, 2016
Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2016
Sara Goldrick-Rab appears on PBS' @PointTaken Twitter chat
On April 26, PBS hosted a Twitter debate about college. Along with two co-hosts, Sara Goldrick-Rab discussed college affordability and answered questions from other Twitter users.
Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab will be published by Chicago Press in 2016. To sign up for notification when it is out, email email@example.com. Pre-order the book now!
TICAS releases new report on challenges community college students face
The Institute for College Access & Success' new report, On the Verge: Costs and Tradeoffs Facing Community College Students, describes the results of a survey of California students. HOPE Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab and Senior Researcher Peter Kinsley helped with the report, which shows that, even when tuition is low, community college students face high non-tuition costs that limit their academic success. Read more here.
Great Lakes releases report on its emergency grant program
The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, whose founding gift created the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, recently released a report describing the results of their $1,500,000 emergency grant program at 16 colleges Wisconsin Technical Colleges System. The report features best practices and evidence suggesting that emergency grants are an effective tool for helping vulnerable students complete their degrees. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab contributed the foreword the the report. Read more.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab college costs studies featured on NPR
National Public Radio reported on four Wisconsin HOPE Lab studies showing that college costs are frequently higher than advertised and that higher education financing is often insufficient, particularly for low-income students. This research is the subject of a recently released Century Foundation report by Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab and Affiliate Nancy Kendall. Read the report here and coverage in the Deseret News here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Statement on Leadership Changes
At the Wisconsin HOPE Lab we seek to find effective ways to make college more affordable in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. We are a team and prize our relationships with the communities we serve.
Therefore, we are sharing news about changes to our team. Effective July 1st, our Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab will become Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University, the public university of Philadelphia. Sara will continue her focus on higher education affordability and will be pursuing opportunities to expand her work in this area, both at Temple and through collaborations with UW-Madison researchers and other partners.
Sara will support and advise the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, and our work will not change. When Sara founded the Lab in 2013, she secured a five-year commitment from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation in the form of a financial gift. That gift remains at the university and supports work at the Lab through July 2018. Jed Richardson, currently the Lab’s Managing Director, will take over leadership responsibilities as Acting Director of the Lab. As the Lab’s Founder, Sara will serve as an independent contractor providing consultation and expertise to the Lab as it completes the work funded by the Great Lakes gift.
While the Lab will disband at the UW when the Great Lakes gift expires in 2018, our individual commitments to our partners, our externally funded research activities, and our mission of improving college affordability will continue.
We greatly appreciate the opportunity to create meaningful research that facilitates positive changes in the lives of undergraduates. We look forward to the future.
New Wisconsin HOPE Lab paper uncovers the extent of mental health conditions among college students
In collaboration with the Healthy Minds Study at the University of Michigan, the Association of Community College Trustees, and Single Stop, HOPE Lab researchers fielded a survey of more than 4,000 community college students across the nation. We find that over half the students surveyed are experiencing a current or recent mental health condition, but less than half of affected students are receiving mental health services. Read the paper here, and accompanying articles by Sara Goldrick-Rab and co-author Daniel Eisenberg in The Hill and The Conversation.
Here's a sampling of press reports:
Cope with mental health issues as a community college student
U.S. News & World Report, June 7, 2016
American crisis: 17 million young people struggle with mental health issues
WNYC, May 27, 2016
Many California community college students report depression, anxiety
CBS San Francisco Bay Area, March 3, 2016
Half of community-college students report mental-health conditions
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2, 2016
Survey: Half of community college students report mental health problems
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2016
Half of community college students confront mental health conditions
Style Magazine, March 2, 2016
Wisconsin HOPE Lab work informs "Navigating College" a resource guide for homeless and low-income students published by MoneyGeek
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founding Director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, and Cyekeia Lee, Director of Higher Education Initiatives for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, contributed to "Navigating College", a guide linking to financial aid opportunities and resources for housing, food, transportation and medical help for college students in need. Read more here.
Lab Affiliate Clare Cady illustrates the challenges of, and possible solutions to, poverty among college students in the Chronicle of Higher Education
In the commentary, Cady describes student experiences with hunger and poverty and cites the HOPE Lab's Hungry to Learn report. She also offers up several examples of campus programs to address food insecurity as well as potential changes to local, state, and federal policies that could better support students. Read more here.
Goldrick-Rab argues in the Wall Street Journal that all students should be eligible for loans
Citing the economic need for college-educated workers and borrowing constraints that would otherwise limit the ability of low-income students to attend college, Sara Goldrick-Rab writes that lenders should not be in the position to choose which students receive loans. Read more.
HOPE researchers argue for expanding the National School Lunch Program to College
In a post in the journal Democracy, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Katharine Broton describe the national crisis of hunger on college campuses and propose a simple solution: expanding the National School Lunch Program that has provided nutritious meals to K-12 students since 1946.
Senator Patty Murray cites Wisconsin HOPE Lab's Hungry to Learn report
In a speech to the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges, Senator Murray cited statistics from the HOPE Lab's Hungry to Learn report that thirteen percent of survey students experienced homelessness and more than half experienced hunger.
Katharine Broton discusses food and housing insecurity among undergraduates on Wisconsin Public Television
Wisconsin HOPE Lab graduate student Katharine Broton appeared on Wisconsin Public Television to discuss HOPE's recent Hungry to Learn report and other research on food and housing insecurity among undergraduates. She described how the college population has recently shifted to more "non-traditional" students, the impacts of rising college costs, and efforts to address food insecurity nationwide. See the video here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab releases statement on Wisconsin's proposed emergency aid legislation
The HOPE Lab released a statement supporting a bill that would provide $450,000 for emergency grants at technical colleges and 2-year campuses. In a Wisconsin State Journal article, HOPE Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab described the financial challenges of low-income students and how emergency aid can help.
HOPE Affiliate Kelchen features HOPE work in an article on colleges' net prices
In an article on the Brown Center Chalkboard, Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Robert Kelchen describes trends in colleges' net prices from 2009-10 to 2013-14. One potential reason for changes in net prices is that some colleges have reduced off-campus living allowances, a strategy that helps lower sticker prices but may understate the true costs of attendance, a them explored in a 2014 Wisconsin HOPE Lab working paper.
The Chronicle of Higher Education features Wisconsin HOPE Lab policy brief on free community college
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted a recently released HOPE policy brief questioning the data behind claims that community college is already free. In the brief, authors Sara Goldrick-Rab and David Monaghan point out several factors that complicate oft-cited College Board statistics that, in some interpretations, indicate that the average community college students receives free tuition and fees. Read more here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab working paper covered in the Capital Times
The working paper, by Postdoctoral Researcher Drew Anderson and Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab, calls for evaluation of the Wisconsin Grant, a state financial aid program that provides funds to 60,000 students annually. The authors note that an evaluation could clarify the grant’s return to taxpayers, essential information for future decisions about the program. Read more here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab's AVID/TOPS evaluation in the news
The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County announced that they will receive $3.3 million to expand its AVID/TOPS program in Madison and Verona public schools. News coverage of this announcement cites the Lab's recent evaluations showing that AVID/TOPS students enroll in more AP and honors courses and have better attendance than similar students not in the program. Read more here, here, and here.
Goldrick-Rab weighs in on free college plans in the New York Times' Room for Debate
Along with several other policy experts, Sara Goldrick-Rab shared her thoughts on free college programs. Her contribution, "Public Higher Education Should be Universal and Free," argues that free college enhances college affordability while builds lasting political support for college financial aid. Read more here and here.
Boys & Girls Club receives grant to expand AVID/TOPS program
A new Capital Times article cites the Wisconsin HOPE Lab's evaluation of the AVID/TOPS program in both the Madison and Verona school districts. The investments by the American family Insurance Dreams Foundation, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Burke Foundation follow on HOPE's findings that students in AVID/TOPS take AP and honors courses at higher rates and have fewer absences.
Sara Goldrick-Rab Ranks in the Top 200 of Most Influential Educational Scholars
Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, has been named to a listing of the nation's most influential education policy scholars. The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, published annually by Education Week, list the year's 200 most influential university-based scholars. Goldrick-Rab was ranked 13th for her many citations and presence in both general and education press. Read the Capital Times story here.
Build HOPE for the holidays (See Flyer here)
In 2015, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab conducted and released research that revealed the economically precarious lives led by some undergraduates. We shared that work with Congressional leaders, the White House, and in the New York Times. Our thought leadership on free college plans, the need to address housing and food insecurity among students, and the importance of investing in the nation's community colleges is supporting real change. We are poised to do so much more. You can be part of this effort.
Please visit here (wihopelab.com/build) to make a donation to further our work.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab releases report on emergency aid program best practices
HOPE Lab researchers surveyed and interviewed administrators of 21 emergency aid programs across the country to better understand how programs operate and how administrators think that they should operate. This exploration of best practices provides vital context as the Lab plans to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency aid programs. Read more here.
HOPE Lab paper and New York Times op-ed reveal the extent of student food and housing insecurity
In 2015 we joined forces with the Healthy Minds Study at the University of Michigan, the Association of Community College Trustees, and Single Stop to field a survey of more than 4,000 students at 10 community colleges across the nation. That survey revealed that more than one in two students were navigating food and/or housing insecurity. Read the paper and the New York Times op-ed.
Here's a sampling of press reports:
Hungry for Knowledge
Academic Minute, March 8, 2016
Colleges beginning to address the issue of student hunger
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March, 7, 2016
On the path to graduation, life intervenes
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2016
Donations stock food pantry for students in need
The Montclarion, February 20, 2016
In the shadows: UW's homeless students struggle to succeed
The Badger Herald, February 16, 2016
Absence of emergency housing perpetuates student homelessness
The Daily Cardinal, February 15, 2016
FRCC students can access free food pantry on Feb. 16
The Front Page, February 13, 2016
Joining U.S. hunger program is not a snap
Inside Higher Education, January 29, 2016
Financial struggles make navigating college tougher
The Courier, January 25, 2016
The hidden hunger on college campuses
The Atlantic, January 14, 2016
First debt, then homeless for college students? It's too much
South Jersey Times, January 4, 2016
College students facing significant food shortages, universities trying to help
Good Call, December 31, 2015
At community colleges, hunger is a growing problem
WGBH Boston, December 21, 2015
Food pantry on campus to feed needy UW-Madison students
Wisconsin State Journal, December 20, 2015
Report challenges food, housing assumptions for community college students
The Badger Herald, December 12, 2015
Study: College students sometimes hungry, homeless
San Diego Union-Tribune, December 10, 2015
New report: Shocking number of community college students are hungry, homeless
Generation Opportunity, December 10, 2015
Community college students struggle with hunger and homelessness, study finds
Cleveland.com, December 10, 2015
Long Beach City College fighting student hunger, homelessness one donation at a time
Long Beach Post, December 10, 2015
Wisconsin HOPE helps hungry, homeless students
NBC15, December 9, 2015
Some College Students Struggle with Hunger, Study Shows
Houston Chronicle, December 9, 2015
Study finds students' homelessness, hunger community college issues
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 7, 2015
House and Home
Inside Higher Ed, December 7, 2015
Politico, December 7, 2015
First Things First
Inside Higher Ed, December 6, 2015
UW Survey Finds Half of Community College Students Risk Hunger, Homelessness
Capital Times, December 5, 2015
Half of Community College Students Struggle to Find Housing, Food
MarketWatch, December 5, 2015
Many Community-College Students Struggle to Afford Food or Shelter, Study Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 4, 2015
Half of Community College Students at Risk of Homelessness, Hunger
Houston Chronicle, December 4, 2015
Think Finals are Tough? Real Challenge for Growing Number of College Students is Getting Enough to Eat
PBS NewsHour, December 4, 2015
Goldrick-Rab and Radomski part of Badger Herald student debt panel
In a panel discussion sponsored by the Badger Herald, Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab and Advisory Board member Noel Radomski spoke on the dangers of student debt in the University of Wisconsin system. Read more here and here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab research cited in national higher-ed publication
The November issue of University Business, a magazine that reaches more than 80,000 college practitioners and policymakers across the nation, featured Wisconsin HOPE Lab research in an article on food insecurity at Columbia University. Click here for the article and here for the working paper by Katharine M. Broton, Victoria Frank and Sara Goldrick-Rab that was cited in the publication.
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab is hiring an executive assistant
Sara Goldrick-Rab leads Twitter chat on affordability
DivJChats is the hashtag for monthly Twitter chats held by Division J, a service of the American Educational Research Association that provides forums for policy experts and academics to discuss issues surrounding higher education. On October 30th, Sara Goldrick-Rab served as host of a chat on the free college movement. Read the transcript.
Wisconsin Public Radio interviews Sara Goldrick-Rab
The skyrocketing cost of college—and accompanying rise in student loan debt—was the topic when Sara Goldrick-Rab joined WPR’s Central Time on October 29th for a discussion of the past, present and future of college affordability. Listen here.
Drew Anderson featured in article on SB 228
An October 28th article in The Badger Herald examining ramifications of proposed changes to a state scholarship program included analysis from Drew Anderson, postdoctoral fellow at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Drew discussed research showing that the changes—as currently enumerated in Wisconsin Senate Bill 228—could reduce the effectiveness of the program. Read more.
The Compass covers Sara Goldrick-Rab's presentation on college costs
Lake Superior State University's student news outlet published a review on October 21st of Sara Goldrick-Rab's recent lecture on the financial costs of college. Speaking at the school's Arts Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Sara talked about costs, disparity, and the value of a First Degree Program.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab research anchors Inside Higher Ed article on state funding
On September 28th, Inside Higher Ed published an article by Sara Goldrick-Rab and Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Tammy Kolbe that examines disparities in state support within UW System universities and colleges. The article includes a report from a meeting of national higher educational policy experts on college funding. Read more.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab experts participate in Politico study
Nancy Kendall and Sara Goldrick-Rab are among the educational policy scholars who contributed to an October report published by Politico.com. Calling it a "deep dive," the report examines education as part of a special series. Nancy and Sara were surveyed for an article on student debt. Read it, and get links to the rest of the series, here.
The Conversation publishes article by Wisconsin HOPE Lab colleagues
An article written by Katharine Broton and Sara Goldrick-Rab was published in the September 25th edition of The Conversation, an international online current events journal, and subsequently published in the San Diego Free Press. In their writing, Katie and Sara called for linking federal nutrition policy with higher education practices, and provided insight into Wisconsin HOPE Lab research concerning college students and food insecurity on campuses throughout the nation. Read more.
Harvard Doctoral Student and Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Anthony Jack’s research featured in the Daily Cardinal
As part of the Wisconsin’s HOPE Lab Fall Speaker Series, Harvard Doctoral Student in Sociology Anthony Jack discussed his findings on how programs at elite institutions exclude and hurt disadvantaged students. Read more.
The Badger Herald looks at new national college scorecard
In a September 15th article, The Badger Herald turned to Sara Goldrick-Rab for insights on the new federal university scorecard. She cautioned readers not to accept the scorecard at face value and to instead explore the data it contains. Read more.
Sara Goldrick-Rab contributes to discussion of free college in The Wall Street Journal
Sara Goldrick-Rab is one of three educational policy experts interviewed in "What's the Best Way to Make College More Affordable?" The report, published September 15th in The Wall Street Journal, looks into proposals that the nation's next president could consider to reduce student debt, increase affordability, and more. Read more.
Sara Goldrick-Rab contributes to NPR report on College Scorecard
A September 12th feature on National Public Radio discussed President Obama's newly released College Scorecard. Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, contributed comments and analysis about what the new data reveal when it comes to what graduates earn, how much debt they have, and more. Listen here.
WalletHub features Nancy Kendall in look at community colleges
Comments from Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Nancy Kendell, associate professor of educational policy studies at UW-Madison, are featured in a September 10th article by WalletHub. The online service reviewed 570 community colleges and ranked them on affordability, quality, and more. Read the article and Nancy's comments here.
Equity & Reasonable Costs in Public Higher Education Workshop Summary
On July 21st and 22nd, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab hosted a workshop on Equity & Reasonable Costs in Public Higher Education. Leaders from all educational sectors across the country came together to discuss these topics. Read the workshop summary here.
New Report from Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Micere Keels with Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab’s commentary
Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Micere Keels of the University of Chicago released a new report on financial distress among first year undergraduates from her Minority College Cohort Study. Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab authored the commentary in the report.
Lifestyle publication includes Wisconsin HOPE Lab research in article on student debt
Madame Noire, billed as a Black women's lifestyle magazine, includes research from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and comments from Sara Goldrick-Rab in a recent article. Published on September 1st, "Debt vs. Wealth: The Weight and Reality of Student Loans in Black America" examines the ramifications of college affordability and student borrowing. Read more.
Sara Goldrick-Rab contributes to ThinkProgress article on the color of student debt
"For Profit Colleges, Students of Color, And The Debt Crisis No One Really Talks About" is the title of a blog post published at ThinkProgress.org on August 31st. Comments from Sara Goldrick-Rab (co-author of The Color of Student Debt) are featured prominently and illuminate the role for-profit colleges play in higher-ed borrowing by students of color. Read the ThinkProgress article.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab research cited in PBS NewsHour Twitter Chat
On August 21, our founding director, Sara Goldrick-Rab, participated by invitation in a PBS NewsHour Twitter chat about merit-based versus need-based scholarship programs. She joined other nationally known educational policy experts for a lively and informative online discussion, complete with links to several Wisconsin HOPE Lab studies. Read the transcript.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab offers analysis of proposed changes to scholarship program
Wisconsin Senate Bill 228 proposes significant changes to the state's Academic Excellence Scholarship program. As a resource for public information and discussion, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab released this August 12th statement on the pending legislation in order to provide background, analysis of existing research, and more. Read more.
Candidates join national conversation on college affordability
As college affordability becomes an increasingly important topic of state and federal policy discussions, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab continues to provide research and information to journalists and media outlets covering this national conversation. Our latest efforts include commenting on the plans that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have each presented to address affordability. Here's a sampling of press reports:
How Going to College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan
National Public Radio, 8/11/15
Clinton unveils plan for no-loan college tuition
Aljazeera America, 8/10/15
Low cost college isn't enough
Wisconsin HOPE Lab submits testimony to the National Commission on Hunger
In an August 6th report, The Capital Times covered our research into food insecurity among college students. The article details Wisconsin HOPE Lab testimony co-authored by Katharine M. Broton and Sara Goldrick-Rab and submitted to the National Commission on Hunger. Click the links for more.
A Wisconsin HOPE Lab mention in Inside Higher Ed
In his August 3rd blog published by Inside Higher Ed, author John Warner lauds the Wisconsin HOPE Lab for "concrete successes in attacking the problems of [college] affordability." Read more.
The Washington Post cites Sara Goldrick-Rab on toughening college default rules
Sara Goldrick-Rab was quoted in a July 31st Washington Post article about federal proposals to increase penalties for colleges when students default on loans. In the article, she warns that such legislation could decrease access for low-income students. Read more.
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses cost of college with Credit.com
In an interview published July 30th by Credit.com, Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses rising tuition with best-selling author and nationally known consumer advocate Bob Sullivan.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab contributions to affordability noted by UW-Madison School of Education
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab got a nice write-up from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education news site on July 9. The site did a great job summarizing how our research on college affordability—and the efforts of Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab to disseminate that research—are informing state-by-state and national policy on this important issue. Read more.
Inside Higher Ed cites F2CO proposal from Wisconsin HOPE Lab colleagues Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall
Early in July, Inside Higher Ed noted that a policy report authored by Nancy Kendall and Sara Goldrick-Rab played a major role in informing state of Oregon legislators about the possibilities and opportunities of making community college tuition-free. Read more.
State of Oregon legislature receives Wisconsin HOPE Lab testimony on college affordability
On July 2, the state of Oregon legislature considered making community college free via its Senate Bill 81. Our founding director, Sara Goldrick-Rab, delivered invited testimony via Skype in favor of the bill. The bill was subsequently passed and has been signed into law, and we are pleased that our work as a translational laboratory helped inform discussion of this important legislation. Read her full remarks here.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab research informs discussion of student financial aid
As our research has shown, low-income college students today are experiencing an ever-decreasing level of financial resources. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab and Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate Robert Kelchen share their insights in this important Washington Post article.
Goldrick-Rab quoted in U.S. News
In this U.S. News article, Sara Goldrick-Rab discussed how minority students have to borrow higher amounts to pay for college. Read more.
Kelchen and Goldrick-Rab mentioned in The Atlantic about Starbucks
Sara Goldrick-Rab featured in Detroit Free Press article on president’s college proposal
An April 15th article in the Detroit Free Press included comments from Sara Goldrick-Rab on the minimum grade-point-average requirements contained in President Obama’s proposal for free community college. Read it here.
Goldrick-Rab and Kelchen in Time
In this Time op-ed, Goldrick-Rab and Kelchen wrote about what colleges aren't telling their students about the true cost of attendance. Read more.
Kelchen and Goldrick-Rab mentioned in The Hechinger Report
The article spotlighted a proposal from Wisconsin HOPE Lab's affiliate, Robert Kelchen, and founding director, Sara Goldrick-Rab. They proposed a pilot program that guarantees the maximum Pell Grant to low-income eighth-graders who complete high school and enroll in college. Read more.
Goldrick-Rab Interview with NASPA
The NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education interviewed Sara Goldrick-Rab on studying social class in higher education. Read more.
Goldrick-Rab's blog on TalkPoverty.org
Founding director, Sara Goldrick-Rab's blog featured on TalkPoverty.org on President Obama's free college plan. Read more.
Nathan Jones receives the Spencer Small Research Grant
Nathan Jones, Wisconsin HOPE Lab co-PI and affiliate, received the Spencer Small Research Grant for the time-use study. This research will be embedded in a study with more than 400 undergraduates in Wisconsin led by founding director, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Josipa Roksa from University of Virginia. Read more.
Goldrick-Rab receives award from Lumina Foundation
Sara Goldrick-Rab received $300,000 from the Lumina Foundation to study the “other costs” related to college attendance. The study will explore the unexpected expenses college students face in order to join their classmates in work and leisure activities, and their means for securing resources to cover those costs. The grant runs through September 2015.
President's free community-college plan has Wisconsin HOPE Lab connection
A paper authored by Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, and Nancy Kendall, a faculty associate of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, helped inform dozens of media reports on President Obama's January 9th announcement of support for making two years of community college free for all students. In addition, Goldrick-Rab spoke to local, state, national and international reporters, and authored a guest column on the topic for the British publication The Guardian. Here's a sampling of press reports:
"Another Step for Free College"
Catalyst Chicago, 2/24/15
"Going to a public college isn’t as affordable as it used to be"
Washington Post, 1/30/15
"Can Community Colleges Work for More Students?"
JSTOR Daily, 1/28/15
"Obama Community College Proposal Mirrors UW Professors' Plan"
Interview with Nancy Kendall
Wisconsin Public Television/Here and Now, 1/23/15
"Obama eyes legacy with free higher education plan"
University World News, 1/23/15
"Free two-year community college tuition"
Wisconsin Radio Network/Great Rivers News.com, 1/19/15
"UW experts answer questions"
The Daily Cardinal, 1/19/15
"President Obama's free community-college plan is a necessary plan"
Guest blog by Sara Goldrick-Rab
The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1/16/15
"President Obama's Plan for Free Community College"
Interview with Sara Goldrick-Rab
Wisconsin Public Radio/The Kathleen Dunn Show, 1/15/15
"Obama taps UW professor's proposal for new tuition plan"
WISC-TV (Madison), 01/12/15
"Free community college isn't a joke for families who spend half their income to send a child"
Guest blog by Sara Goldrick-Rab
The Guardian, 1/12/15
"UW's Sara Goldrick-Rab says Obama's free community college plan is 'smart and bold'"
The Capital Times, 1/11/15
"The Players Who Influenced Obama's Free College Plan"
Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/11/15
"Following Up on Free Community College"
Inside Higher Ed, 1/11/15
"Obama's Community-College Plan: A Reading List"
The New York Times, 1/9/15
"Did Obama Just Introduce a 'Public Option' for Higher Education?"
The Nation, 1/9/15
"Obama in Tennessee to Promote Free Community College"
National Public Radio, 1/9/15
"UW's Goldrick-Rab backer of Obama's plan to make community college tuition free"
UW-Madison School of Education News, 1/9/15
"How Obama Retooled a Republican Education Idea Along Democratic Lines"
Bloomberg Politics, 1/9/15
"There's a big catch in Obama's plan for free community college"
Washington Post, 1/9/15
"Are High Community College Tuitions the Problem?"
National Review Online, 1/8/15
"When Free Doesn't Mean Fair for Community College"
The Nation, 1/12/15
"Where Obama's Free Community-College Plan Fails, Tennessee's May Succeed"
Wisconsin HOPE Lab study shows gap programs working
The Capital Times and WMTV-TV are among the media outlets that covered a Wisconsin HOPE Lab study released January 12. The study details analysis conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, which show a partnership designed to improve outcomes and close the achievement gap in Madison public schools is working; participating students are earning better grades and missing fewer days of school. AVID/TOPS is run jointly by the school district and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab analyzes results yearly. Read more here and here.
Goldrick-Rab named one of top 30 influential educator scholars
Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, has been named to a listing of the nation's most influential education policy scholars. The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, published annually by Education Week, list the year's 200 most influential university-based scholars—out of an estimated 20,000 faculty currently researching, speaking and publishing about education. Goldrick-Rab was ranked 29th most influential of the top 200 for her contributions to public debate and discourse about education issues. Read more here.
New Wisconsin HOPE Lab study informs discussion on affordability
In its November 13 article, The Chronicle of Higher Education examines living expenses as an overlooked factor in college affordability. Remarks from Sara Goldrick-Rab are featured, along with a new paper on the topic that she co-wrote and delivered at an Association of Public Policy and Management conference in October. A gift from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates supported HOPE Lab research for the paper. Click here for the article, and here for the paper.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab study illuminates low-income student issues
The November 13th article in the Badger Herald shed light on college affordability issues. Read more here.> Show More
Wisconsin HOPE Lab featured in Capital Times profile
The work of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab is featured in an in-depth profile published on October 29 in The Capital Times. To learn more about our mission, our research and how we are contributing to the national discussion on college affordability, read the full profile here.
Fox 11 talks with Minh Mai
October 16, 2014 Wisconsin HOPE Lab staff member Minh Mai spoke with Green Bay's Fox 11 News on issues of college affordability following a day of discussion on this topic with Wisconsin's higher education leaders at UW-Oshkosh.
Wisconsin HOPE LAB study secures $4 million grant
On October 14, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab was presented with a $4 million grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. The grant will fund a five-year study involving scholarships to students at 10 Wisconsin colleges and universities. Read more here.
Goldrick-Rab to lead project supported by U.S. Treasury
Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, will serve as Principal Investigator for one of two projects awarded to the University of Wisconsin Center for Financial Security by the United States Department of Treasury. The awards were announced on October 7. Read more here.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin praises Wisconsin HOPE Lab
On September 12, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and director Sara Goldrick-Rab were lauded by United States Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) for their work on Baldwin's new bill, the Working Student Act. Read what she said here.
WKOW-TV, Madison, reports on The Color of Student Debt
On September 10, director Sara Goldrick-Rab was interviewed by WKOW-TV about a paper she co-coauthored and presented at a Washington, D.C. forum hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project. Watch the interview.
Wisconsin Public Television Interview
On May 2nd, Wisconsin Public Television Anchor Frederica Freyberg spoke with Wisconsin HOPE Lab Founding Director about her proposal to make the first two years of college free. Watch the interview.
Goldrick-Rab Visits DC
In February 2014, director Sara Goldrick-Rab visited Washington, DC and met with staff of the U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and higher education advisors in the White House’s Domestic Policy Council to discuss President Obama’s higher education agenda. Goldrick-Rab also spoke with the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and delivered a lunchtime talk (with board member Andrew Kelly) at the American Association of Community Colleges National Legislative Summit.
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Feedback from the Field
“Dr. Goldrick-Rab provided an informed diagnosis of the ailing state of higher education, but went beyond just identifying the problems. In an engaging and energetic manner, she proposed a well-researched and data-driven treatment plan. Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s remedy certainly challenges the traditional approach and therefore created a stimulating discussion. I only wish we’d had more time for debate.”
- NASSGAP 2014 Annual Conference Attendee
"I enjoyed the presentation that Sara gave to our technical college board members and presidents in Rhinelander. I found it very informative and it made me think outside the box of possible solutions to solve the affordability issue...After the presentation I started thinking of ways that our college could give to students that were not in the traditional scholarship or loan processes. I have discussed with our Foundation that it would be a good idea to give financially to expand our food pantry. I discussed with IT and our Foundation the possibility of giving used computers to our students so that this would not be a barrier... We are now looking into expanding the hours at our childcare facility so that students have childcare in the evenings and/or weekends when they might be taking courses….We are exploring different avenues because of Sara’s presentation. She was energetic, knowledgeable and insightful."
- Angela Lawrence, District Board Member of Western Technical College
Response to Sara Goldrick-Rab's talk to October presentation to the District Boards Association in Rhinelander, WI.
"Dear Sara: Thanks for participating in the conference last Thursday. The combination of the energy you brought to the table and your command of the facts was impressive and a very important contribution to the panels you attended."
- Sean Gailmard, Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Personnel Travers Department of Political Science University of California, Berkeley