Publications

We are working to shift the conversation and support a policy environment that enables a system of higher learning focused on quality, outcomes and today’s students through our policy toolkit, issue briefs, and other publications.

  • Stackable Credentials Backgrounder

    Today’s students are more diverse than previous generations—they are more likely to be workers, parents, and returning adults—and do…

  • What Works for Today’s Students—Microgrants

    Currently, only about half of students who enroll in college graduate within eight years of beginning their studies. Microgrants…

  • Outcomes-Based Accountability: Holding Institutions Accountable for Successful Student Loan Repayment

    Today’s students’ loan debt totals over $1.5 trillion, and more than 1 million students default on loans each year.…

  • Higher Education Act (HEA) Recommendations

    Higher Learning Advocates is working to shift federal policy from higher education to higher learning—education and training beyond high…

  • Backgrounder: Evolving Models of Postsecondary Learning

    Today’s students—who are more likely to be workers, parents, returning adults, veterans, and more—may have postsecondary education experiences and…

  • Policy Toolkit: Today’s Students

    As members of the 116th Congress continue to discuss the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and other…

  • Higher Learning Advocates One-Pager

    Higher Learning Advocates is a non-profit advocacy organization working to shift federal policy from higher education to higher learning—education…

  • Our Policy Framework

    It’s time to change the focus of federal policy from ‘higher education’ to ‘higher learning.’

  • Issue Brief: Multiple Pathways & Quality Assurance

    The world of credentials is much broader than a 2- or 4- year degree. One in four Americans has…

  • Exploring Key Questions: Program-Level Repayment for Higher Education Accountability

    A growing number of advocates and policy experts believe that institutions of higher education should be held accountable for…

  • Survey Reveals Gap Between Public and Policymakers When it Comes to Understanding Today’s College Students

    Higher Learning Advocates research tests understanding of today’s college students; finding that while the pop culture archetype still holds…

  • The Keys to Quality: Reforming Higher Education Accreditation Policy

    The key to assuring higher education quality in the U.S. is accreditation, the complex system used by the Federal…