#REALCOLLEGE: The Work and Activism of Sara Goldrick-Rab

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This chapter examines the work of Sara Goldrick-Rab and her characteristic approach as a scholar-activist. It focuses on her research and how it impacts her activism and work with higher education policy, particularly the ways her work addresses ideas and assumptions that underlie higher education policy decisions regarding accessibility and affordability of college, redefining opportunity, and rethinking the role of higher education within American society. With the backdrop of increasing college tuition, stagnation of financial aid, and more students from poor and working-class backgrounds attending college, Goldrick-Rabs body of work contributes to our understanding of the experiences of college students lived realities and hidden struggles. Goldrick-Rabs work and activism is most successful when it challenges the reader to think in new ways about how higher education policy shapes opportunities for college students. Her work appeals to both academic and popular audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Future of American Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationHow Today’s Public Intellectuals Frame the Debate
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000976601
ISBN (Print)9781642673401
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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