Sara Goldrick-Rab

Associate Professor

Sara Goldrick-Rab is associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison. She is also the Senior Scholar at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Financial Security, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and Wisconsin Center for Educational Research. She is also the Project Director for the What Works Clearinghouse's expansion into postsecondary education. As a scholar-activist and sociologist with a deep commitment to bringing research into policy and practice, Dr. Goldrick-Rab's research explores policies aimed at reducing socioeconomic and racial inequalities. She was named a 2010 William T. Grant Scholar for her project "Rethinking College Choice in America." She was also a 2006 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow. She is the co-author of Putting Poor People to Work: How the Work-First Idea Eroded College Access the Poor (Russell Sage, 2006), which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills award. Her research has been published in journals such as Sociology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and been financially supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, William T. Grant Foundation, and many others.

Contact Information
Phone: (608) 265-2141
Office: Ed Sciences

Completed Projects

Investigating Path Dependence in Postsecondary Educational Transitions
How Complex Postsecondary Educational Transitions Shape Student Success
The Effect of Need-Based Financial Aid on College Persistence
The Causal Effects of Financial Aid on the Social Relationships of Low-Income College Students
The Impact of Need-Based Aid on College Graduation: A Randomized Trial of the Wisconsin Scholars Grant
Baseline Study for Future Evaluation of the Wisconsin Covenant
The Impact of Current Financial Aid Policies on College Graduation: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
Rethinking College Choice in America
The Impact of Current Financial Aid Policies on College: Supplemental
Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study
Determining Aid Eligibility Based on Prior-Prior Year Tax Information
Getting to Graduation: End-of-College Transitions among Students from Low-Income Families
Determining Aid Eligibility Based on Prior-Prior Year Tax Information - Year 2
Wisconsin HOPE Lab
Constructing Affordability: How Institutional and Relational Contexts Affect Retention of Undergraduates from Low-Income Families
MMSD AVID TOPS Middle School Evaluation - FY2015
The Other Costs of College Attendance
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County AVID-TOPS High School Evaluation
College Possible Milwaukee Evaluation
MMSD AVID TIPS Middle School Evaluation - FY2016
#RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates