Quality & Outcomes
High-quality outcomes are paramount, but current quality assurance approaches are inadequate. The nation needs a system of quality assurance based on high-quality learning and focused on students and their outcomes. Federal policy must raise the bar for quality, promote innovation and shift from inputs to outcomes.
Today’s students are parents, working adults, part-time students, and veterans. They are more racially and economically diverse and attend part-time and online. Americans need a system that connects educational providers and employers, offers flexible programs focused on student success, and counts all high-quality learning wherever it happens.
Affordability & Responsiveness
The higher education landscape is undergoing significant changes,and it’s time for policy to catch up. Our global skills marketplace requires continuous education and learning beyond high school. Americans need a system that recognizes new credentials, enables access regardless of finances, and adapts to fit the needs of today’s students.
Higher Education Policy: 101
Complex policy issues need simple explanations. Featuring visual infographics, compact definitions anduser-friendly explanations, our 101 explainers offer policymakers, analysts and media a quick and easy to consume explanation of key policy issues in postsecondary education.
Defining High-Quality Higher Learning
Today’s students trust that a quality program will translate to their prospects for career, financial and personal success. But what should “quality” actually look like for students? Our new brief proposes four core outcomes a high-quality learning experience should deliver for students.
A New System of Higher Learning
Higher learning goes beyond colleges and universities, beyond quads and ivy. Beyond the community college classroom, the online program, or the training course. Higher learning is happening everywhere: through new credentials and models available on campus, online, at home and at work.
Bipartisan agreement includes expanded aid for today’s students, including student parents, working adults and low-income studentsWashington, D.C. (March 22, 2018) -- Today, Higher Learning Advocates Executive Director and Founder Julie Peller released a statement applauding increased funding for postsecondary…
"In general, an increased focus on non-traditional educational pathways to meaningful employment is welcome. Institutions of higher education and new providers of postsecondary education, such as learn-and-earn models, provide promising approaches to meeting the educational and skills needs of…
"None of this will be easy. Technological, economic and demographic changes are happening at breakneck speed, continuously raising the stakes for our postsecondary system. But this is a challenge we can’t shirk. The higher education sector is not only…
Voices of Reform
Hon. Margaret Spellings says, Opportunity is not a zero-sum game — we all benefit when more students have the chance to succeed in a growing economy, and we all gain from a more educated citizenry that better reflects the changing face of our nation.
Hon. Margaret Spellings
President of the University of North Carolina System
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed says, If higher education is to fulfill its mission of delivering opportunity and socials mobility to all Americans, we will need to craft a new policy agenda that puts student outcomes at the center.
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education
Dr. Chris Bustamante says, Quality, outcomes and the needs of today’s students should guide federal policy rather than historical precedent and institutional convenience.
Dr. Chris Bustamante
President of Rio Salado College and Maricopa Corporate College
Dr. DeWayne Matthews says, "I honestly believe there is no more urgent task facing our nation than to build a system that helps Americans gain the skills to go as far as their desire, effort, and talent can take them."
Dr. DeWayne Matthews
Senior Fellow, Lumina Foundation