sara goldrick rab

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[philadelphia, pa]


adding page this day:


How did I miss @saragoldrickrab @ComedyCentral?? great segment all the way to end! @readywriting @gerrycanavan

9 min video clip

followed 3000 people for 6 yrs

when we think we’re giving money out.. and so many are missing out

some of this is an info issue.. fafsa – horrific form .. even after do it..  you fall short..

3 min – not just about info.. but it’s about us telling people to go to college and then we literally leave them short

on food/homelessness – biggest challenge – eating..


4 min – latest.. 10 community colleges.. 13% of them were homeless..  something we could/should prevent

5 min – we know how to 1\ give people food so they can go to school.. national school lunch program…. we do that for elem/hs.. we need to extend to college…

and 2\ we have food stamps.. but if student.. have to work 20 hrs week… need to remove that rule

and.. 3\ we need to reserve spaces in housing at unis.. for those that can’t afford..

6 min – on shared income.. sponsor student.. signs agreement.. to pay them back 10-20yrs.. pay % of income.. sara: a system like that is going to benefit the already advantaged.. not the ones who won’t get picked.. ie: wouldn’t be getting student loans if we did credit checks..

7 min – we need to take risks on people who are already behind in society.. because they need college to get ahead.. if we don’t take that risk.. they’re forever going to be behind…

? hasn’t worked for a ton of people..

we already know transformative power of college degree.. literally changes lives..

whoa..? so why still poverty..?  i’m thinking.. not so transformative..

this is an investment we can’t afford to not make..

well – unless it’s a partial solution.. in a time we can make a full on change.. leap

for (blank)’s sake

8 min -so much waste in current system… ie: 40 bill a yr of tax payer money to for profit schools (devry.. uni of pheonix).. they say you’re rising up.. no  you’re’re falling down.. and leaving with debt..

hey al – sounds like uni promo read from getting in page


Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) tweeted at 6:48 AM – 4 Nov 2016 :

“Data at a distance” — how education research reduces students to a number to be measured – @saragoldrickrab (

Mark Morvant (@MarkMorvant) tweeted at 6:49 AM – 4 Nov 2016 :

Declining purchasing power of the Pell Grant – could not cover full cost, now only 1/3 of cost @saragoldrickrab #OpenEd16 #PellGrant (

Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) tweeted at 6:52 AM – 4 Nov 2016 :

FAFSA: “A small American bureaucratic tragedy all its own.” @saragoldrickrab #OpenEd16 (

Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) tweeted at 6:55 AM – 4 Nov 2016 :

“I’m not showing you sad stories. I’m showing you typical stories.” @saragoldrickrab #OpenEd16 (

Alexandra M. Pickett (@alexpickett) tweeted at 7:05 AM – 4 Nov 2016 :

“food and housing insecurity in higher education” 24% are food insecure 16% can’t pay rent on time @saragoldrickrab #OpenEd16 (


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*I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I cannot accept.* Prof of Higher Ed Policy & Sociology

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While we work on fixing it, we also need to help students….

No applications, no paperwork. Just cash, delivered when and where it’s required.

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Sara Youcha Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University. A sociologist of higher education, Goldrick-Rab’s research focuses on policies that aim to reduce socioeconomic and racial inequalities. She received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career Award in 2014.


Her scholarship focuses on postsecondary access and equity, with particular emphasis on financial aid and community colleges. In a study with University of Wisconsin economist Douglas Harris, Goldrick-Rab explored outcomes of low-income students receiving supplemental grants and found that the grants benefitted comparatively disadvantaged students most, such as first-generation college students with lower ACT scores. In an early study of Single Stop, an on-campus program that connects community college students to government services, Goldrick-Rab found that participant retention improved.

Goldrick-Rab served as the lead author of the Brookings Institution’s 2009 “Transforming America’s Community Colleges” report. Many of its recommendations were included in President Barack Obama’s American Graduation Initiative later that year. She served on a Century Foundation community college equity task force, whose 2013 report recommended more funding for community colleges and reduction of economic and racial stratification between community colleges and four-year universities. As part of the report, Goldrick-Rab co-authored a background paper with Peter Kinsley that highlighted disparities between predominantly white community colleges and those with predominantly minority enrollment. On April 16, 2013, Goldrick-Rab testified before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding the challenge of college affordability, which impacted federal legislation on financial aid limits for working students.

In April 2014, Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall released a Lumina Foundation-funded report that advocated for a free two-year college option. The proposal called for all students to receive two free years of education at a public college or university, including most living expenses, in exchange for fifteen hours per week of work-study employment.The New York Times cited the report as a “clear influence on the Obama plan” for free community college introduced during the 2015 State of the Union Address.The Chronicle of Higher Education similarly included Goldrick-Rab first on their list of people who influenced the plan. Goldrick-Rab praised the Tennessee Promise program, the basis for Obama’s free community college plan. While she appreciated how it makes college attendance a financial possibility for students, she noted its weakness in not providing for their living expenses.

The plan for two free years of college proposed by Goldrick-Rab and Kendall faced extensive criticism, including concerns about its lack of detail, vague definitions of length, and apparent focus on full-time students. David Breneman, an economics of education professor at the University of Virginia, described the plan as “not realistic”. Robert Kelchen, assistant professor at Seton Hall University, called the proposal “unworkable” given its removal of federal financial aid for students attending private universities. Chris Rickert of the Wisconsin State Journal argued that the plan would shortchange Wisconsin private institutions that enroll and graduate more minority students than University of Wisconsin System schools. Similarly, Minnesota higher education commissioner Larry Pogemiller emphasized that the plan neglected private institutions, covered only two years of college, and subsidized all students regardless of financial background.

Goldrick-Rab founded the Wisconsin Harvesting Opportunities for Postsecondary Education (HOPE) Lab in May 2014 to test the efficacy of college affordability programs. The lab received $6.5 million in potential funding from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and additional support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and others. A December 2015 HOPE Lab report noted trends in food insecurity for college students. Following her The New York Timesop-ed, Inside Higher Ed‘s Matt Reed commended Goldrick-Rab for the study’s focus on student precarity rather than poverty alone.

Goldrick-Rab spoke against Wisconsin’s elimination of faculty tenure from state statute in July 2015.Her subsequent Twitter activity, in which she compared the state governor with Adolf Hitler and discouraged future students from attending the university, drew criticism from conservative news groups. Madison’s Faculty Senate steering committee responded that they were “deeply dismayed” by her actions, which they felt had damaged the principle of academic freedom. Goldrick-Rab left Wisconsin in 2016 to begin an appointment at Temple University. In her departure, she criticized the effect of the state’s tenure policy on the university’s teaching environment.

this is when i first heard of Sara

paying the price

Goldrick-Rab is the author of the book Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, which was published in 2016. Paying the Price is about the high cost of higher education in the United States for college and university students, and how the high cost of higher education in the United States has negatively impacted the lives of those who attend college in the United States.

She received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career Award in 2014. In 2016, Goldrick-Rab was listed in the “Politico 50” list published by Politico Magazine; Goldrick-Rab was listed 13th alongside Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green and Demossenior policy analyst Mark Huelsman for their work in making proposals to make higher education free for many college and university students in the United States part of the American political mainstream.



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Sara Goldrick-Rab (@saragoldrickrab) tweeted at 7:50 AM – 7 Apr 2017 :

Thanks to @nytimes for covering college homelessness & @wihopelab research on it!


Sara Goldrick-Rab (@saragoldrickrab) tweeted at 6:43 AM – 10 Feb 2018 :

Think the #RealCollege crisis is only happening at community colleges? Wrong. In Cal State universities, 42% of students are food insecure and 11% are homeless. This demands action. (


Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab (@saragoldrickrab) tweeted at 7:48 PM on Fri, Sep 28, 2018:
My entire professional career has been leading to this moment. The @hope4college is my attempt to reshape this country. It’s modest and likely to fall way short of my standards. But I’m giving it my all. Tomorrow: we launch ##RealCollege
Not gonna miss my shot.

On the train headed back from the #RealCollege conference in Philadelphia where I got to be at the launch of the @hope4college center @temple_coe

More than any other group I work with, this is a community advocating for college students and for the future of higher education.

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Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal) tweeted at 6:19 AM – 1 Oct 2018 :
Super grateful to @saragoldrickrab and all the folks at #RealCollege. It was a wonderful event and I am honored to connect with everyone and make new friends! (