Who Are Today’s Students?
Studying full-time, living in dorms, and hanging out on the quad, right? Think again.
Today’s students come from all walks of life, bringing unique strengths and needs. They are parents, working adults, veterans, online students and first-generation college-goers, following new pathways through higher education. They need a system that is flexible, affordable and responsive to their needs. But we still rely on policies designed for yesterday’s students and the last century’s economy. With your help, we can start to change that.
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.
National Survey Survey: How Well Do We Really Know Today’s Students?
How diverse are today’s students? How old? Where do they learn? Are they working or parenting while they study? We partnered with GfK Custom Research and Whiteboard Advisors to test how well policymakers and the general public understand the needs of today’s college students. understanding of today’s college students. We found that the pop culture archetype of college still holds […]
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.
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.
Survey Reveals Gap Between Public and Policymakers When it Comes to Understanding Today’s College Students
Higher Learning Advocates research finds pop culture archetype still holds sway with many in the general public while policymakers are attuned to demographic shifts
Julie Peller is quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article looking at a potential oversight agenda for a Democratic-controlled House Education and Workforce Committee.
Former Congressman George Miller and executive Director Julie Peller argue that federal policy needs to catch up with changing student needs and pathways
Voices of Reform
Amelia Parnell says, Postsecondary education is an avenue for students to become more engaged citizens, contributors to the public good, and advocates for themselves and others.
Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA
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
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
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. 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. 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