Voices of Today’s Students
We’re on a mission to collect and share stories from today’s students to raise awareness of their different experiences, successes, and challenges. Today’s students are parents, working adults, veterans, online students and first-generation college-goers, and they need a system that is flexible, affordable and responsive to their needs. Help us tell their stories by joining Voices of Today’s Students, a national campaign about the lives of the modern student and their journeys through higher education.
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.
Accreditation Reform: Our Proposal
Today’s students deserve a system of higher education that delivers high-quality results and a guarantee of economic success and upward mobility. It’s time to reform higher education accreditation policies to better serve today’s students. Learn about our plan in the new policy brief, The Keys to Quality: Reforming Higher Education Accreditation Policy.
Champions Network: Bipartisan Leaders United for Today’s Students
The Higher Learning Advocates Champions Network is a group of forward-thinking state and local leaders devoted to improving quality, outcomes and affordability in postsecondary education. Learn more about how these reformers are driving student success through student-focused policies and practices at the state and local level. Discover more about the Champions Network.
Voices of Today’s Students: Changing Opinion Through Student Stories
We’re on a mission to collect and share stories from today’s students to raise awareness of their different experiences, successes, and challenges. Help us spread the word about the Voices of Today’s Students campaign while also elevating powerful stories of student success within your network.
As the signature federal student aid program providing college access to low and middle-income Americans, the Pell Grant program is a vital bridge to higher education opportunity. Pell Grants have enabled millions of Americans to pursue higher learning by distributing…
New Higher Education Campaign Launches to Highlight Changing Experiences of Today’s Students Through Their Stories
Voices of Today’s Students campaign shares stories about the triumphs and tribulations students face and the various pathways they take through higher educationWASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22, 2018) -- Today, Higher Learning Advocates, a national bipartisan advocacy organization working to…
Emily Bouck writes in The Hill bipartisan leaders are now recognizing the urgency of modernizing our system of quality assurance and getting students and taxpayers the higher learning system they deserve
Voices of Reform
Julie Peller says, It is time once again for the nation’s policymakers to fundamentally rethink the way we organize, finance and support higher learning. Through bipartisan cooperation, a hard-nosed look at the research, and an unwavering focus on students, that goal is well within reach.
Executive Director, Higher Learning Advocates
Mike Krause says, The perception of the average American college student is not correct, and we must ensure these shifting demographics are reflected in the policy development process. The notion that 18-year-old freshman serve as the foundation for how we view college and universities has to change.
Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Emily Bouck says, "To equip students with the skills for workforce success and respond to the pressures of economic disruption, we need a system of higher learning that enables students of all ages and family circumstances to seamlessly continue, return to, and complete their education."
Policy & Advocacy Director, Higher Learning Advocates
Dr. Barbara Damron says, Educational opportunity is not only key to getting a good job in today’s economy, but it can also keep individuals out of the criminal justice and public assistance systems, and promote healthier and more prosperous lives for them and their family members. I feel that every day we work in the student success movement, we're doing work that will save lives.
Dr. Barbara Damron
Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department
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
Joey Hatch says, I’m a fervent believer in offering our citizens access to a college education that is not only affordable, but also quality, meaningful and connected to growing employment opportunities.
Retired Executive Vice President, Skanska USA Building Inc.