Will Reauthorization Save the Higher Education Act?

In collaboration with University of Pennsylvania Law School

It is time to renew the Higher Education Act. Given the significant impact this act has on the nation’s students and colleges, this should be a time for robust debate on how it can be used to help students, and even transform the system.

New America’s Education Policy Program and the University of Pennsylvania Law School are joining forces to host a lively conversation on how reauthorization can be used to improve higher education and restructure the financial aid system to increase access and achieve better outcomes. Up for debate are new models like competency-based education. Despite the current political climate, can reauthorization be used to achieve the great feat of rethinking higher education writ large?

Join the conversation online using #SaveHigherEd and following @NewAmericaEd.


Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program, New America

Laura Perna
Executive Director, Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, Penn Graduate School of Education

Ted Mitchell
Undersecretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

Nick Anderson
Higher Education Writer, Washington Post


Wendell Pritchett
Interim Dean and Presidential Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School