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September 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Wealth & Poverty | Poverty in American Higher Education, Sept. 21

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The Wealth and Poverty theme at Ohio University presents Dr. Katharine Broton on “Poverty in American Higher Education,” on Friday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Alden 319.

Broton is one of six speakers during “Action on Inequality Week” from Sept. 21-28. Her talk is co-sponsored with the Teacher Education Department.

Katharine Broton, portrait

Dr. Katharine Broton. Photo courtesy of the University of Iowa.

Over the past two decades, the price of college has risen, the purchasing power of need-based financial aid has declined, and most family incomes have stagnated. There is growing evidence that as many as half of the nation’s undergraduates are basic needs insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to essential material goods like adequate food and shelter. In this talk, Broton will share her latest research on the scope and depth of food and housing insecurity among U.S. undergraduates, implications for student success, and multi-faceted responses designed to support students who are struggling to make ends meet.

Katharine Broton is an assistant professor of higher education and sociology (courtesy) at the University of Iowa. She is a faculty affiliate of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and Center for Research of Undergraduate Education. She uses multiple methods to examine the role of poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college success. Her work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. The National Science Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others have supported her research. She teaches graduate courses on research methods, finance in higher education, and higher education policy.

“My research interests include sociology of education, social stratification and education policy. I use multiple methods to examine the role of poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college success. My work has appeared in Educational ResearcherEducational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisThe New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. In 2017, I received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding article in any AERA-sponsored publication for our work on the relationship between need-based grant aid and undergraduates’ work behaviors. The National Science Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others have supported my research. I teach graduate courses on research methods, finance in higher education, and higher education policy,” Broton says on her website.

Any questions, please email Yeong Kim at kimy1@ohio.edu.

About Action on Inequality Week

Going beyond teaching, learning, and advocating for equality, many are taking positive, important actions against inequalities in income, health, education, and well-being in local communities. The Wealth and Poverty Week on Action on Inequality brings the OHIO community together to discuss various actions to combat the growing inequalities in our society and advance the common good.

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