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.
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.
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.
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
New Policy Toolkit Aims to Shift Federal Higher Education Policy to Better Serve Adults, Parents and Workers
Higher Learning Advocates releases policy recommendations retooling dated student aid and other federal policies to respond to the changing needs and educational pathways of today’s students
It's time to put the realities of these students at the center of federal higher education policy. Higher Learning Advocates developed this Today's Students policy toolkit to help policymakers and leaders in higher education understand the growing disconnect between…
Voices of Reform
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
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.
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
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. 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
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