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The Transformation of Higher Education: The New Economics of College and their Consequences [Video]

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Sara Goldrick-Rab 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 the author, most recently, of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (University of Chicago, 2016), an Amazon best-seller that has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Review of Books, and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other venues.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab considers herself a scholar-activist whose work aims to reduce socioeconomic and racial inequalities in general and to ameliorate inequities in college attainment in particular. Her commitment to scholar-activism is evidenced by her broad profile of research and writing dissecting the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. In more than a dozen experimental, longitudinal, and mixed-methods studies, she has examined the efficacy and distributional implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations. She provides extensive service to local, state, and national communities, working directly with governors and state legislators to craft policies to make college more affordable, collaborating with non-profit organizations seeking to examine the effects of their practices, and providing technical assistance to Congressional staff, think tanks, and membership organizations throughout Washington, DC.

Part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series: Transformations (2017-2018)


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Copyright 2017 Sara Goldrick-Rab