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.
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.
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.
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.
INVITE 6/12: Unlocking College Opportunity
Today’s students have changed, but is federal policy keeping up? Join Champions Network members Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and Michele Siqueiros, President of the California-based Campaign for College Opportunity, for a panel discussion about the evolving needs of today’s students and solutions that are working in their states.
Higher Learning Advocates announces inaugural members of its Champions Network, a new corps of bipartisan leaders applying breakthrough thinking on student success to federal policy
DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education: Higher Ed Policy Forum Encourages Action on Access, Affordability, Accountability
Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, a nonprofit organization working to on federal policy that impacts higher education, sees “an opportunity” for conversations about what states need from the federal government as opposed to what the federal…
Voices of Reform
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
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
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. 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. 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. 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