Affordable Access to Post-Secondary Education Is Focus of Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition Annual Call to Action Event May 22nd

Temple University professor and scholar-activist Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D, will discuss policies that could reduce socioeconomic and racial inequalities in post-secondary education during the Annual Call to Action meeting of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC). She is #13 on POLITICO Magazine’s list of top 50 political thinkers. This free event is open to the public. Online registration is requested.

Sara Goldrick-Rab will deliver the keynote address, “Women Paying the Price: Removing Barriers to Affordable Post-Secondary Education and Economic Security for All,” at BCWAC’s 11th Annual Call to Action meeting in the auditorium of the James-Lorah Memorial Home, 132 North Main Street, Doylestown, on May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, is a founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia, as well as the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls Dr. Goldrick-Rab “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles.” She is ranked 6th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week, and in 2018 the Carnegie Corporation named her a Carnegie Fellow.

Escalating student debt impacts all students and families. An estimated 44 million Americans have accumulated approximately $1.4 trillion in student loans, tripling the total from 2005. Student debt is now the second largest credit debt for U.S. citizens, trailing only mortgage loans. In Pennsylvania, as per-student funding fell more than 30% from 2008 to 2017, the cost of tuition at public universities rose 22.5% over the same time period. According to the 2016 College Affordability Diagnosis, published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Research on Higher Education, Pennsylvania ranks 49th in the nation for college affordability.

“Professor Goldrick-Rab’s research is important to the economic security of women,” said BCWAC President Kathy Beveridge, citing “Deeper in Debt,” a study by the American Association of University Women. “Research indicates that women take on larger student loans than men do and, because of the gender pay gap, it takes them longer to pay it off. Nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the U.S. is owed by women.”

During the event, Dr. Godrick-Rab will sign copies of her acclaimed book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, which discusses the crisis of college affordability and offers possible solutions.

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The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC) is a nonpartisan coalition of 43 organization partners that serve women and families and more than 250 individual partners. We educate and advocate on behalf of women to promote systemic change to achieve gender equity and economic security for all.