Higher Education and the Workforce

Below, please find a roster of our experts on higher education and the workforce. Or, send an email to our media contact.

ben barrett
Ben Barrett

Areas of expertise: Federal accountability; risk-sharing; state investment in higher education; student loans; community colleges



Stephen Burd
Stephen Burd

Areas of expertise: Enrollment management; for-profit colleges; merit aid; student financial aid; student loans




kevin carey
Kevin Carey

Areas of expertise: Higher education reform; innovation in higher education; for-profit colleges; free college proposals; massive open online courses (MOOCs); postsecondary data; state investment in higher education; student financial aid and debt



Kim Dancy
Kim Dancy

Areas of expertise: Free college proposals; higher education tax credits; loan refinancing; postsecondary data (repayment rates, earnings outcomes, data transparency questions); state investment in higher education; student living costs



rachel fishman
Rachel Fishman

Areas of expertise: Consumer protection; cost of attendance; FAFSA and access to federal student aid; nontraditional students; Parent PLUS loans; public-opinion data; student living costs; student loans




amy laitinen
Amy Laitinen

Areas of expertise: Accreditation; college mobility rates, competency-based education; higher education reform; higher education data; higher education transparency and quality; student loans



clare mccann
Clare McCann

Areas of expertise: Postsecondary data; student financial aid and debt; student loans



mary alice mccarthy
Mary Alice McCarthy

Areas of expertise: Career pathways; competency-based education; credentialing; economics of higher education; learning and career-based pathways; postsecondary skills



iris palmer
Iris Palmer

Areas of expertise: Competency-based systems; performance-based funding; postsecondary data; predictive and learning analytics; state data systems; student financial aid; adult education



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Brent Parton

Areas of expertise: Federal and state policy related to skills; workforce development; job/career training; apprenticeship; work-based learning; new accelerated training models (i.e. bootcamps); occupational licensing; temporary foreign labor (visa) programs



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Michael Prebil

Areas of expertise: Work-based learning; apprenticeship; at-risk youth and early career work/training; education and social inclusion/exclusion; reintegration for prisoners and veterans; international education systems and competition