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Working Papers

August 2012 Research Update New Experimental Evidence on the Impacts of the Need-Based Wisconsin Scholars Grant on College Persistence

Letter to Colleagues: Observations on the use of NSC data for research purposes
Sara Goldrick Rab and Douglas N. Harris

Managing to Make It: The College Trajectories of Traditional-age Students with Children
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Julie Minikel-Lacocque, and Peter Kinsley


August 22, 2011: The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)--Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the effects of financial aid in the form of conditional cash transfers on college persistence.

March 28, 2011: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who fund this study, use WSLS research of low-income students (minutes 15:51-21:09) to describe trends reshaping higher education.

March 9, 2011: UW Madison Education Forum (Part 1 of 2)
This year's UW-Madison's Department of Educational Policy Studies' Annual Conference was held on March 9, 2011. The topic of the forum was "The Obama Education Agenda" and the policies, principles, and prospects of K-12 and higher education. The event was held on the UW-Madison campus at the Education Building.  This portion of the program has a talk on principles, policies and prospects in U.S. K-12 education with Doug Harris, Linn Posey, and Diana Hess.  The next panel was on U.S. Higher and Postsecondary Education with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Tom DiPrete, both professors at UW-Madison in the School of Sociology. The last part of this portion of the conference had former congressman Dave Obey giving the keynote address titled, "Personal and Political Reflections on the Role of Congress and the Obama Education Agenda."
Video (Sara Goldrick-Rab speaking at 1:38:29)

February 15, 2011: Sara Goldrick-Rab speaking at event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research called "Degrees of Difficulty: Can American Higher Education Regain Its Edge?" (starting around minute 44). AEI invited Sara and ten other leading scholars on post-secondary education policy to present new research on making American higher education more productive, where she presented on the performance and potential of sub-baccalaureate programs. 

On December 21, 2010 the SpecialCommittee on Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs met to review and discuss requested drafts and other committee options. In addition public member Sara Goldrick-Rab made a presentation.
Video (Sara Goldrick-Rab speaking at 4:25)

On August 17, 2010 WSLS co-director Sara Goldrick-Rab testified before the Wisconsin Legislature's Special Committee on Higher Education Financial Aid Programs about early findings from the study. Dr. Goldrick-Rab is also a committee member.  You can review her powerpoint presentation (pdf), view the video of the presentation (part 1, part 2, Dr. Goldrick-Rab's presentation can be heard at 1:12:30 of Part 2) and read the AP story here.  You can also learn more at the committee's website.