The Hope Center

Research

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.

Reports

Reports of our research published by The Hope Center

Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
The Hope Center just released its Fall 2020 National Survey of nearly 200,000  #RealCollege students. Click here to read more.
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
Houston Community College (HCC) is one of the nation’s largest community college districts, educating more than 100,000 students each year. 
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Completion grants are an increasingly popular practice in higher education, but there is not yet any rigorous evidence that they
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The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students.  This report describes the results of the #RealCollege
With support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the Hope Center has released a new national
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The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, which specifically
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The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, created by the Hope
The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, created by the Hope
The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, created by
The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, which specifically
The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, which specifically
In fall 2017, researchers from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice conducted a large-scale survey to better understand
Poverty remains one of the most serious challenges plaguing Philadelphia, an otherwise ambitious and thriving city on an upward trajectory.
Food insecurity is widespread on American college campuses. Students do not have enough food to feed themselves and sometimes their

National Reports

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Journal Articles

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

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Books

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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