Amy Laitinen

Director, Higher Education

Amy Laitinen is director for higher education with the Education Policy program at New America. She previously served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. She was named a top innovator for her work on federal policy and competency-based education by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her current work focuses on federal policies to increase quality and transparency in higher education as well as the politics of higher education reform.

Laitinen is the product of public higher education, holding an associate degree from Miami-Dade Community College, a bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.


All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
U.S. Proposals "Could Shut Poorest Students Out of Universities"

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Times Higher Education on the regulatory rollbacks in the PROSPER Act.


EDUCATION POLICY
Apprenticeships? Competency-Based Programs? GOP-Led Overhaul of Higher Ed Looks to Push These Concepts Into Mainstream

Amy Laitinen was quoted in the 74 Million on the credit hour rule.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Not-So-Simple Simplification in the PROSPER Act

This second post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes financial aid policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable

This first post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes accountability under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
The “Innovation” Trap in the PROSPER Act

This third post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes "innovation" policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Want to Search Earnings for English Majors by College? You Can’t

The New York Times covered the history of collecting and reporting on outcomes data of graduated students.


EDUCATION POLICY
Senate Bill Would Establish New Higher-Ed Data System by 2020

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Federal Computer Week on collecting and reporting better data on student outcomes.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Government Has a Useful Tool to Help More Americans Go to College

Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann wrote for the Hill about the Department of Education's experimental sites initiative.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Spellings Commission: Same Story, Different Decade

Eleven years ago, the Department of Education laid out a vision for postsecondary education—but few of its suggestions have been adopted.


EDUCATION POLICY
What You Need to Know About the Inspector General’s Audit of Western Governors U.

Amy Laitinen was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the federal audit challenging Western Governors University.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Debt Trap: How the Student Loan Industry Betrays Young Americans

Amy Laitinen was quoted in the Guardian on the most vulnerable student borrowers.


EDUCATION POLICY
2-Pronged Strategy Against ‘Gainful’ Rule

Amy Laitinen and Kim Dancy were mentioned in Inside Higher Ed about federal gainful-employment rules.