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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Op-ed takes a look back at ten key trends that have impacted the world of higher education since the last HEA reauthorization in 2008
A backward step for accountability and outcomes for today’s studentsFor Immediate Release: August 10, 2018WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug 10, 2018) — Today, Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, released a statement responding to the U.S. Department of Education's…
Voices of Reform
Michele Siqueiros says, I am passionate about the role policy can play to change people's lives. It changed mine. It’s policy that gave me a Cal grant. It's policy that allowed me to get a federally-subsidized loan so that what seemed unaffordable became affordable.
President, The Campaign for College Opportunity
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
Michale McComis, Ed.D. says, Change happens because need happens—and we have a need in accreditation to think about change and reform with a focus on student success
Michale McComis, Ed.D.
Executive Director and CEO, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
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
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. says, The promise of higher education is truly fulfilled when all students who begin the task of earning a degree successfully complete the journey.
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.
President, The Institute for Higher Education Policy
Dr. José Luis Cruz says, There are millions of students who are coming of age in America today, but -- because of the color of their skin, the balance of their checking account, their place of origin, or the tenets of their faith -- have not been afforded the opportunities they need to meet their full potential.
Dr. José Luis Cruz
President, Herbert H. Lehman College of The City University of New York