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WHAT WE'RE LEARNING

Thank you for sharing your college experiences with WiscAid.  On this page you can find feedback from study participants, as well papers as papers and presentations about what we're learning from you. We welcome your comments and feedback.

"I think what you are doing is really important and I am happy that I could help! It is nice to know that my experiences and situations are being counted! "

"This survey was very interesting. I actually enjoyed answering the questions."

"I believe that sending this survey to students does really allow you to understand  how our money is spent with each different family background."

"Thank you for the cash incentive and the opportunity to help others like me who are struggling to pay for college."

"This made me think about what I am doing with my life."

"The survey is a great idea to find out what kind of help people need. Thank you so much for providing something that could potentially help other students."

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ARTICLES
December 5, 2011: Does Financial Aid Help Students Graduate? Uppity Wisconsin
November 3, 2011: Campus Connection: Assembly backs proposal to eliminate race as a factor in grant program. The Capital Times

PAPERS
Managing to Make It: The College Trajectories of Traditional-age Students with Children

PRESENTATIONS

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

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 WiscAid 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. Comment on this news item.