Publications: Reports, Articles, & Briefs

Data Briefs

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Work Study Program A Data Update from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-06. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Who Works for Degrees?". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-05. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Prevalence of and Responses to Financial Stress Among Undergraduates". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-04. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Student Time Use ". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-03. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Student Financial Contributions to Families". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-02. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We’re Learning: Food and Housing Insecurity among College Students". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 16-01. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "Average Net Price for Wisconsin Public Higher Education by Income Level, 2012-13". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 15-03. (2015)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We're Learning: FAFSA". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 15-02. (2015)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** "What We're Learning: Satisfactory Academic Progress". Wisconsin HOPE Lab Data Brief 15-01. (2015)

Policy Reports

Goldrick-Rab, S., Richardson, J., & Hernandez, A. Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2017) Appendix Table B1.

If your college is interested in participating in a similar food and housing insecurity survey in fall 2017, please contact the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at

Kolbe, T. & Feldman, R. Evaluation of the AVID/TOPS Program's Resources and Costs. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates, Convening Summary. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016).

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** Costs and Productivity in Higher Education: Convening Summary. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Broton, K. & Colo, E. Why the Time is Right to Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kinsley, P., Hawkins, J. & Hernandez, A. AVID/TOPS 2014-2015 District Findings: Final Report. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Broton, K. & Colo, E. Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Policy Proposal. (2016)

Eisenberg, D., Goldrick-Rab, S., Lipson, S. & Broton, K. Too Distressed to Learn? Mental Health Among Community College Students Wisconsin HOPE Lab Report. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** Equity and Reasonable Costs in Public Higher Education: Convening Summary. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** Statement on Senate Bill 540 / Assembly Bill 740: Providing for Additional Funding for Wisconsin Grants to Technical College Students. (2016)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** Statement on Wisconsin Assembly Bill 741 / Senate Bill 592: Grants to Students Enrolled in Technical Colleges and Two-Year University of Wisconsin College Campuses to Meet Emergency Financial Need and Making and Appropriation. (2016)

Monaghan, D. & Goldrick-Rab, S. Is Community College Already Free? Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Broton, K., & Eisenberg, D. Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates. Wisconsin HOPE Lab Report. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Feldman, R. & Kinsley, P. AVID/TOPS 2013-2014 District Findings: Final Report. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2015)

Dachelet, K. & Goldrick-Rab, S. Investing in Student Completion: Overcoming Financial Barriers to Retention Through Small-Dollar Grants and Emergency-Aid ProgramsWisconsin HOPE Lab Report for Scholarship America. (2015)

Wisconsin HOPE Lab.*** Statement on Wisconsin Senate Bill 228: Relating to the Eligibility Criteria and Amount of the Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarship(2015)

Evans, B.A. Public Testimony on Hunger in Higher Education. Submitted to the National Commission on Hunger. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2015)

Broton, K. & Goldrick-Rab, S. Public Testimony on Hunger in Higher EducationSubmitted to the National Commission on Hunger. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., & Nellum, C. Request to Add Measurement of Food Insecurity to the National Postsecondary Student Aid StudyWisconsin HOPE Lab & American Council on Education Center for Policy Research and Strategy. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S. Frequently Asked Questions About President Obama’s Free Community College Proposal​Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R. & Hosch, B. Information, Accountability, and College Costs: The Need for Standardized Living Cost Calculations in Higher EducationWisconsin HOPE Lab. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Broton, K. & Frank, V. Single Stop USA’s Community College Initiative Implementation Assessment. Kresge Foundation. (2014)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kendall, N. Redefining College Affordability: Securing America’s Future with a Free Two Year College OptionThe Lumina Foundation, Washington DC. (2014)

Broton, K. & Goldrick-Rab, S. Housing Instability and College Students. Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and Center for Financial Security. Madison, WI. (2013). Abbreviated version reprinted by the Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University (2014)

More Reports

Goldrick-Rab, S. Increasing the Impact of Student Financial Aid: Three Recommendations for Financial Aid Administrators. HCM Strategists, Washington, DC. (2013)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kelchen, R. No Money Left Behind: Loan Aversion and College Success among Pell Recipients. HCM Strategists, Washington, DC. (2013)

Goldrick-Rab, S. Broton, K. & Gates, C. Clearing the Path to a Brighter Future: Addressing Barriers to Community College Access and Success. Association of Community College Trustees, Washington DC. (2013)

Goldrick-Rab, S. et al. Report on Composition of Ideal First-Year Class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Committee on Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid. UW-Madison. (2013)

Goldrick-Rab, S. Review of The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. (2012)

Goldrick-Rab, S. Pell Grants are America’s Investment in Needy Yet Promising College Students—Why Not Tell Them? Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University. (2012)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Harris, D. Higher Education in Wisconsin: A 21st Century Status Report.  Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Madison WI. (2011)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Harris, D. Observations on the Use of NSC Data for Research Purposes. White paper. The Spencer Foundation: Chicago IL. (2010)

Carl, B., Goldrick-Rab, S., Lexmond, M. & Lindsey, D. Tracking Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence of Milwaukee Public School Students: Graduates of the Classes of 2005-2007.Milwaukee Public Schools Research Report. (2009)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Roksa, J. A Federal Agenda for Promoting Student Success and Degree Completion. Center for American Progress, Washington, DC. (2008)


Goldrick-Rab, S. "What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed." The Chronicle of Higher Education. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. "Less Paperwork, More College." The Hill. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Broton, K. "To Cut Costs, Ccollege Students are Going Hungry." The Conversation (reprinted in U.S. News & World Report). (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S. "This is #RealCollege: Some Students Struggle to Pay for Food, Housing." The Washington Post. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Eisenberg, D. "In the Darkness, Unassisted." The Hill. (2016)

Eisenberg, D. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Here's Another Reason Why Many Community College Students Do Not Get Their Degree." The Conversation. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. "Should Anyone Be Eligible for Student Loans?" The Wall Street Journal. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Broton, K. "The Hidden Hunger Problem on Campus." Democracy. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Broton, K. "Hungry, Homeless and in College." The New York Times. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kolbe, T. "Rethinking State Support for Higher Ed." Inside Higher Ed. (2015)

Working Papers

Anderson, D. M. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Aid After Enrollment: Impacts of a Statewide Grant Program at Public Two-Year Colleges." Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Anderson, D. M. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "The Wisconsin Grant: Overview and Recommendations for Evaluation."  Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Cannon, R. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2016). "Too Late? Too Little: The Timing of Financial Aid Applications." Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Valentine, J., V. Konstantopoulos, S. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "A Meta-Analysis of Regression Discontinuity Studies Investigating the Effects of Placement into Developmental Education: A Working Paper." Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2016)

Miller, H. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Making Sense of Transitions: An Examination of Transfer among Economically Disadvantaged Undergraduates."American Educational Research Association. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R. & Houle, J. "The Color of Student Debt: Implications of Federal Loan Program Reforms for Black Students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities." The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. (2014)

Broton, K. Frank, V. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Safety, Security, and College Attainment: An Investigation of Undergraduates' Basic Needs and Institutional Response." Association of Public Policy and Management. (2014)


Goldrick-Rab, S. Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. (2016)

Kelly, A. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (Editors). Reinventing Student Aid for the 21st Century. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA. 2014.


Kelchen, R., Goldrick-Rab, S., & Hosch, B. "The Costs of College Attendance: Examining Variation and Consistency in Institutional Living Cost Allowances." The Journal of Higher Education. (2017)

Broton, K., Goldrick-Rab, S. & Benson, J. "Working for College: The Causal Impacts of Financial Grants on Undergraduate Employment." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. (2016)

Broton, K. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "The Dark Side of College (Un)Affordability: Food and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education." Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R., Harris, D.N. & Benson, J. "Reducing Income Inequality in Educational Attainment: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Financial Aid on College Completion.American Journal of Sociology. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kendall, N. "The Real Price of College". The Century Foundation College Completion Series: Part Two. (2016)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kolbe, T. "A Matter of Trust: Applying Insights from Social Psychology to Make College Affordable." Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (2016)

Cady, C. "Food Insecurity as a Student Issue". Journal of College & Character. (2015).

Kelchen, R. & Goldrick-Rab, S. “Accelerating College Knowledge: A Fiscal Analysis of a Targeted Early Commitment Pell Grant Program.” The Journal of Higher Education. (2015)

Brand, J., Pfeffer, F. & Goldrick-Rab, S. “The Community College Effect Revisited: The Importance of Attending to Heterogeneity and Complex Counterfactuals.” Sociological Science. (2014)

Schudde, L. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "On Second Chances and Stratification How Sociologists Think About Community Colleges." Community College Review.  (2014)

Harris, D.N. & Goldrick‐Rab, S. “Improving the Productivity of Education Experiments: Lessons from a Randomized Study of Need­‐Based Financial Aid.” Educational Finance and Policy, 7(2); 143–169. (2012)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Han, S. “The 'Class Gap' in the 'Gap Year': Academic Coursetaking, Family Formation and Socioeconomic Differences in Delaying the Transition to College.” Review of Higher Education. Spring. (2011)

Goldrick-Rab, S.  “Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Community College Student Success.” Review of Educational Research. 80(3): 437–469. (2010)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Sorensen, K. “Unmarried Parents in College.” Future of Children, 20(2): 179–203. (2010)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Pfeffer, F. “Beyond Access: Explaining Social Class Differences in College Transfer.” Sociology of Education. 82(2), 101–125. (2009)

Book Chapters

Goldrick-Rab, S. “Carpe Diem: Lessons from my First Randomized Experiment.” In L. Hedges and R. Maynard  (Eds),  Teaching Cases: Nuts and Bolts of Randomized Controlled Trials in Education. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA. (forthcoming)

Schudde L. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Extending Opportunity, Perpetuating Privilege: Institutional Stratification amid Educational Expansion." In M. Bastedo, P. Altbach, P. Gumport, and B. Berdahl (Eds.), American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. (forthcoming)

Kinsley, P. & Goldrick-Rab, S. "Making the Grade: The Academic Side of College Life among Financial Aid Recipients."  In A. Stich and C. Freie (Eds.) The Working Classes and Higher Education: Inequality of Access, Opportunity and Outcome. Routledge, New York. (2015). Working paper version of this book chapter.

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kelchen, R. "Making Sense of Loan Aversion: Evidence from Wisconsin." In B. Hershbein & K. Hollenbeck (Eds.), Student Loans and the Dynamics of Debt. W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI. (2015)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Schudde, L. & Stampen, J.  “Creating Cultures of Affordability: Can Institutional Incentives Improve the Effectiveness of Financial Aid?” In A. Kelly and S. Goldrick-Rab (Eds.), Reinventing Student Aid for the 21st Century. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA. (2014)

Goldrick-Rab, S. "Promoting Economic Diversity for College Affordability." In Kahlenberg, R. The Future of Affirmative Action. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington DC. (2014)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kinsley, P.  “School Integration and the Open Door Philosophy: Rethinking the Economic and Racial Composition of Community Colleges.” In The Century Foundation (Ed.) Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream. Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC. (2013)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Cook, M. “College Students in Changing Contexts.” In P. Altbach, P. Gumport, and B. Berdahl (Eds), American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. (2011)

Goldrick-Rab, S.  “Accountability for Community Colleges: Moving Forward.”  In K. Carey and M. Schneider (Eds), Accountability in American Higher Education. Palgrave. (2010)

Goldrick-Rab, S.  “The Puzzle and Paradox of Student Mobility in Higher Education.” In P. Pasque, N. Bowman, and M. Martinez (Eds), Understanding and Achieving Higher Education for the Public Good. Kenneshaw State University Press. (2009)

Goldrick-Rab, S., Harris, D. & Trostel, P.  “Why Financial Aid Matters (or Does Not) for College Success: Toward A New Interdisciplinary Approach.” In J. Smart (Ed) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, v. 24, pp. 1-45. (2009)

*** Wisconsin HOPE Lab creates and publishes data and policy briefs as an interdisciplinary team of Ph.D. researchers. When no author is listed, that publication is the result of a collaborative effort.