Eric Grodsky

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Eric Grodsky
Professor, Department of Sociology,
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Eric Grodsky is a professor of sociology and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Most of his research is focused on inequality in higher education, including work on affirmative action, socioeconomic inequalities in college attendance and completion, changes in the role of merit in these processes over time, and the role of information about their college readiness in high school students’ college preparatory behavior. Dr. Grodsky is currently involved in a study of the relationship between adolescent sexual activity and educational attachment and achievement, work on the effects of college remediation on persistence and time to degree, research on the determinants of entry into and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of study at baccalaureate institutions. He is also co-director of the Madison Education Partnership (MEP), whose mission is to improve experiences and outcomes for all Madison Metropolitan School District students and reduce gaps in opportunity and achievement. Previously, he was an associate professor in sociology at the University of Minnesota, and an assistant professor in sociology at the University of California, Davis. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Publications by Eric Grodsky
Like most other universities in the country, the University of California (UC) requires that students submit scores from either the SAT or ACT exams as part of their application package. These tests have their origins in the efforts of a handful of…