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

Alleviating Poverty and Promoting College Attainment in Philadelphia
Poverty remains one of the most serious challenges plaguing Philadelphia, an otherwise ambitious and thriving city on an upward trajectory.
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Campus Food Pantries: Insights from a National Survey
Food insecurity is widespread on American college campuses. Students do not have enough food to feed themselves and sometimes their
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Basic Needs Insecurity in Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities
In fall 2017, researchers from Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted a large-scale
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Still Hungry and Homeless in College
Since 2008, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (now the Hope Center) has examined food and housing insecurity among the nation’s undergraduates.
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Supporting Community College Completion with a Culture of Caring: A Case Study of Amarillo College
This report is an in-depth case study of the No Excuses Poverty Initiative at Amarillo College (AC), a midsize community
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Addressing Basic Needs Security in Higher Education
There is a new economics of college in America. At a time when more people than ever before are turning
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Hungry and Homeless in College
Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and wellbeing, along with their academic achievements.
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Los Angeles Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Dallas County Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Maricopa County Community College District Report from Fall 2016 Survey of Student Basic Needs
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
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Why the Time is Right to Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education
Education beyond high school is increasingly necessary for a good job, and so growing numbers of people are paying ever-rising
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#RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
Our aim in creating and hosting #RealCollege, a national convening on food and housing insecurity among undergraduates, was to catalyze
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Expanding the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education
In the early 20th century, communities and philanthropists came together to provide lunch to hungry school children. Some recognized that
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Too Distressed to Learn?
A new study at 10 community colleges across the nation reveals that half of the more than 4,000 community college
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Is Community College Already Free?
College prices are at the forefront of national concern and proposals to make public higher education free are gathering steam.
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Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all
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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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