About Us

Bipartisan Advocates for Today’s Students

Higher Learning Advocates is a non-profit advocacy organization working to shift federal policy from higher education to higher learning—education and training beyond high school that leads to a degree, credential, or employment. While more students are participating in higher education than ever before, there is a vast and growing disconnect between federal policy and the needs of today’s students, employers, and communities. We are working toward federal policies that create transparent pathways to success, incentivize innovation, protect students and taxpayers, and improve outcomes.

Our Approach

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Policy & Advocacy

We conduct rigorous policy analysis, provide expert testimony, and work to educate policymakers on key issues.

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Coalitions & Partnerships

We lead and build new coalitions on key issues and participate in partner networks to work toward shared goals.

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New Voices

Working with leaders, reformers and today’s students, we bring new voices to the debate around higher education policy—highlighting stories of innovation and student success.

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Through media and public engagement, we work to build support for reforming the nation’s postsecondary education policies and elevate new perspective on the day’s most important issues.

Board of Directors

Dr. Chris Bustamante

Dr. Chris Bustamante

President, Rio Salado College and Maricopa Corporate College
Ms. Teresa Lubbers

Ms. Teresa Lubbers

Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Dr. Dewayne Matthews

Dr. Dewayne Matthews

Fellow, Lumina Foundation
Rep. George Miller

Rep. George Miller

Former Chairman, House Education and Workforce Committee
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Hon. Margaret Spellings

Hon. Margaret Spellings

President, University of North Carolina System

Meet Our Team

Julie Peller

Executive Director

Emily Bouck

Policy & Advocacy Director

Ted Eismeier

Communications & External Affairs Director

India Heckstall

Program Associate, Communications & Policy

Our Partners

Higher Learning Advocates is funded through the generous support of Lumina Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.