Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D. is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the two largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. And in 2016, POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream is an Amazon best-seller and a 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Review of Books, and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other venues.
The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” and she is ranked 7th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week.
Sara communicates a transformational vision for higher education in America that stresses affordability and access for all, especially lower- to middle-income students and first generation college students. Her research not only provides us with a better understanding of the desperation that many students face due to the high price tag of college, but should inspire all of us- both in and outside of higher education- with a urgent need for action.
Sara presented a talk, “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream,” at Keene State College on Thursday, February 15th.
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