The Hope Center


We conduct scientifically rigorous and practice-informed action research that explores poorly understood problems affecting #RealCollege™ students and examine the efficacy of interventions to support #RealCollege™ students. With all our publications we seek to inform, educate, stimulate and guide people who want to shift the structural conditions and mindsets holding back #RealCollege™ students.

Our current focus is on research studies that identify areas for improvement and/or evaluating existing practices aimed at addressing #RealCollege™ issues such as college affordability, improvements to the current financial aid system, and students’ basic needs. In order to do this, we establish and maintain strategic partnerships that emphasize credible findings and survey methods, pursue action-oriented, stakeholder-engaged research, and advance the field(s) of inquiry. 

The work gathered here encompasses the full range of Hope Center research work. You will find policy briefs, white papers and academic articles. We endeavor to make this a useful and easy to access library so that researchers, practitioners, policy makers and journalists can easily review the latest work we are producing.

National Reports

All #RealCollege™ national surveys conducted by The Hope Center

All Reports

All research reports published by The Hope Center

Entering fall 2020, colleges and universities in Texas grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended
For decades, the shortcomings of financial aid have frustrated students and colleges alike. Flaws in the design and delivery of
Entering the fall 2020 term, higher education was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Enrollment was down—particularly among students most at
The pandemic is laying bare one of the most difficult challenges facing higher education: many of today’s undergraduates are pursuing
In the fall of 2019, nearly 550 instructional staff members from four community colleges and one university responded to a
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic: Initial Institutional Responses To Address Basic Needs Insecurity The novel coronavirus pandemic is testing institutions of
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, the longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security
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The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far
CUNY provides tens of thousands of New Yorkers with the lifelong benefits of a college degree. For too many students,
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At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. If these parenting...
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Securing the basic needs of Philadelphia undergraduates is crucial to the city’s efforts to boost college attainment, promote economic well-being,
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Student-athletes compete in school and on the field. They are often full-time students and full-time athletes, making it challenging...
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This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at seven tribal colleges and
AACRAO partnered with The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University on the March 2020 survey. The
Meal voucher initiatives seek to provide students facing food insecurity with access to free meals from their college cafeteria. Some
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018and 2019 at 28 of the

Journal Articles

Academic articles written by or collaborated on with staff and affiliates at The Hope Center

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Working Papers

Working Papers are pre-publication versions of academic articles, book chapters, or reviews. Working papers posted on this site are typically in progress, under submission, or in press and forthcoming elsewhere.

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Books authored by staff at The Hope Center

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 2016
Goldrick-Rab, S.

 Reinventing Student Aid for the 21st Century.
Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA. 2014
Kelly, A. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (Editors).

Book Chapters

Chapters and sections we’ve written or collaborated on

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