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

Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and wellbeing, along with their academic achievements.
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
In fall 2016 the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),
Education beyond high school is increasingly necessary for a good job, and so growing numbers of people are paying ever-rising
Our aim in creating and hosting #RealCollege, a national convening on food and housing insecurity among undergraduates, was to catalyze
In the early 20th century, communities and philanthropists came together to provide lunch to hungry school children. Some recognized that
A new study at 10 community colleges across the nation reveals that half of the more than 4,000 community college
College prices are at the forefront of national concern and proposals to make public higher education free are gathering steam.
According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all
The rising price of a college education often leaves students strapped for cash and without the financial resources necessary to
In October 2015, The Wisconsin HOPE Lab hosted a two-day convening on the “costs of college,” with the goal of
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the American Council on Education Center for Policy Research and Strategy strongly urge the Technical
Higher education financing is receiving historic levels of attention. Parents and students gather around kitchen tables struggling to put together
Single Stop USA, a national not-for-profit, endeavors to help financially vulnerable families around the nation gain economic security by connecting
Over the past 100 years, community colleges have evolved to become the largest sector of higher education, representing over 8

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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