Higher Education Policy & Sociology Professor from Temple University, Sara Goldrick-Rab, took to the SXSW EDU 2017 keynote stage to address where we are as a country when it comes to the cost of college.
In her keynote, Paying the Price, Rab started by taking a step back, drawing on her research, to help us understand the current landscape. Armed with some startling stats and a number of anecdotes, Rab challenged us to understand the problem facing students as well as some actual solutions and a way forward.
“I’m now on probably my fourth or fifth study of food, and housing and security in higher education. Something I’d never thought I’d need to become an expert in.”
Sara Goldrick-Rab, SXSW EDU 2017 Keynote Paying the Price
One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value and crucially, the price of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all side of this debate: If a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life. That’s simply not true says sociologist Goldrick-Rab, one of the leading voices on issues of higher education today. In her book and research, she shows why in damning detail.