Ethics & Education podcast examines ‘The True Cost of College’

“The true costs of college go way beyond simple frugality. The costs are serious, and they are often overlooked by universities,” notes a preview of the most recent episode of the Ethics & Education podcast, produced by the Center for Ethics & Education in the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).

Headshots of Nancy Kendall and Matthew Wolfgram
Kendall and Wolfgram

The episode features UW–Madison’s Nancy Kendall and Matthew Wolfgram, two of the authors of the 2020 book, “The True Costs of College,” and is hosted by recent UW–Madison graduate Natnael Shiferaw. Kendall is a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Wolfgram is the assistant director of WCER’s Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions.

In the podcast Kendall and Wolfgram discuss their book, which examines the “true costs” faced by low- and moderate-income students on public college campuses, and the consequences of these costs on students’ academic pathways and their social, financial, health, and emotional well-being. The authors’ exploration of these costs — including academics, living expenses, and student services — leads them to conclude that college policies and practices do not support low-income and otherwise marginalized students’ well-being or success.

Check out the full podcast on the Center for Ethics & Education website.

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