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Goldrick-Rab to take part in White House event on expanding college opportunity

January 18, 2016

UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab will be at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon taking part in an event titled, “Education Scholars Convening on Community College Research.”

According to an invitation Goldrick-Rab received from the Executive Office of the President, the event will “discuss research on strengthening community colleges and expanding college opportunities for students. You will have the opportunity to hear from Senior Officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, White House Council of Economic Advisers, and the U.S. Department of Education.”

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Goldrick-Rab is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and is the director and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, which is the only laboratory in the nation dedicated to translational research for improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education.

“I will be talking about what the Wisconsin HOPE Lab has learned from studying undergraduates generally, and community college students in particular, that should be considered when designing policies to make attendance at community colleges more affordable,” Goldrick-Rab says in an email. “I’ll also talk about why I believe that both theory and evidence supports efforts to make public higher education free.”

Goldrick-Rab also is a Senior Scholar with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Financial Security, La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.