Educator Spotlight: Sara Goldrick-Rab

When searching for another great educator to feature in this series, it’s hard to ignore students who publicly endorse a specific professor, like this:

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Sarah Mathews

Meet Sara Goldrick-Rab.

Sara is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s also an avid blogger on all things higher ed related. Her blog, The Education Optimists, was a Washington Post Top Education Blog of 2010—and it continues to live up to its top title.

Educator Spotlight: Sara Goldrick-Rab
Above: Sara Goldrick-Rab

Check out excerpts from some of her recent posts below:

The Gatekeepers of Higher Education

More than one-third of these admissions officers [surveyed by Inside Higher Ed] said that senior administrators, board members, or development officers got involved in trying to influence their decisions!

Pell Funding: Is It out of Control—and Who Does It Support?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $3.3 million on efforts to “re-imagine aid design and delivery.” I’m hoping they will revisit the decades-old decision to offer aid through a voucher system that rests on the premise that maximizing choices in an open market will promote the well-being of all students and the national interest in an educated citizenry.

For more thoughts on higher ed, follow Sara on Twitter.

Who would you like to see featured in the Educator Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter!


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