Today’s students come from all walks of life. They are parents, working adults, veterans, online students and first-generation college-goers, following many pathways through higher education. They need a system that is flexible, affordable and responsive to their needs. Federal policy must reflect who today’s students are.
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.
Voices of Today’s Students
Your State’s Higher Education Profile
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.
Today’s Adult Students
Many adult students have different responsibilities—including work and family—on their path to a degree or credential. Sixty-four percent of students work either full-time or part-time. One quarter of students are parents, and 49 percent are financially independent. With different responsibilities, adult students need policies that cater directly to their needs.
Our Higher Education Act (HEA) recommendations are for the critical improvements that are needed to remedy the disconnect between federal policy and the needs of today’s students, and ensure our federal higher education programs work for the current and future generations.
Latest News and Resources
Higher Learning Advocates & Twenty-Seven Partner Organizations Call to Prioritize Higher Education in the Biden Administration
WASHINGTON (November 23, 2020) — Twenty-eight organizations came together today to urge President-Elect Biden and his transition team to prioritize higher educ…
Higher Learning Advocates’ Statement Regarding the 2020 Elections
WASHINGTON (November 9, 2020) — This morning, Julie Peller, Executive Director of Higher Learning Advocates, made the following statement regarding the 2020 el…
Voices of Reform
Chris Bustamante says, Seize the moment! Let’s not waste this opportunity to do better by today’s students by making quality and accessible online education more widely available to them, and in many forms.
Executive Director, Arizona Community College Coordinating Council
Jamie Merisotis says, I believe that higher ed policy offers the chance to help millions of people take good fortune out of the equation, creating opportunities to succeed for their own benefit and for the benefit of all Americans.
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
Candice McQueen says, If we want the best education for our students, we have to provide the best preparation for our educators.
CEO at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) says, I believe everyone should have the opportunity to achieve the dream of postsecondary education, it’s an issue I will never stop fighting to protect.
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
House Committee on Education and Labor
Nia Ariel Davis Sigona, Esq. says, I am constantly and consistently inspired by today’s students, and the potential and privilege to translate their stories and experiences into systems of policy that support their (and all of our) success.
Nia Ariel Davis Sigona, Esq.
Government Relations Director, Higher Learning Advocates
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.