Paying the Price:

College Costs, Financial Aid, and Challenges to Economic Justice in Higher Education

Keynote address:
Monday, February 12, 2018
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Kennedy Auditorium


Reception and book signing follows


To address the topic of economic justice in relation to the expense of higher education, the CTE will host a keynote address by Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University.

One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value—and, crucially, the price—of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life. That’s simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why. Economic justice in higher education is increasingly hard to find as students go hungry, even homeless, for lack of funds— but as Goldrick-Rab explains, it is still worth fighting for.We must do better and she explains the routes to effective action at the individual, college, system, and policy levels.

This event is being supported through a Mission Animators grant and with funding from the President's Office designated for diversity-related programming.

More about Sara Goldrick-Rab

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 (University of Chicago, 2016), 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.