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Is President Obama's free college proposal worthy of support?

March 07, 2015

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Steven Durlauf -- two UW-Madison professors with opposing points of view -- will discuss the merits of President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to offer free tuition to students for two years at community colleges.

The talk will be held on Thursday, March 12, and runs from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room.

Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology, and is the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Her recent writing on the topic includes an op-ed, "Free community college isn't a joke for families who spend half their income to send a child," published in The Guardian.

Durlauf is the William F. Vilas Research Professor and Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics, whose op-ed, "Free community college is an empty proposal," was published in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Their discussion, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.