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
Bipartisan Group in Congress Seeks to End the College Blackout

A bipartisan bill would go a long way toward giving students access to high-quality, comprehensive information when choosing a college.


EDUCATION POLICY
Off Limits

If institutions are granted the power to limit student borrowing, how might they choose to do so?


EDUCATION POLICY
Off Limits: More to Learn Before Congress Allows Colleges to Restrict Student Borrowing

EDUCATION POLICY
How Will DeVos Influence Higher Education?

Amy Laitinen was quoted in the Washington Post about the appointments of high-level officials at the Department of Education.


EDUCATION POLICY
A New Frontier: U.S. Academia Under President Trump

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Times Higher Education about education policy under the Trump administration.


EDUCATION POLICY
Rich Students Flock to Elite Colleges, Study Finds, but Graduating College Levels Playing Field

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about college mobility rates.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Most Innovative People in Higher Education

A conversation with individuals who have found innovative ways of making a quality college degree accessible to more students


EDUCATION POLICY
Amid Mixed Messages, Department of Education Announces Loan Counseling Experiment

Colleges administrators are confused about what tools are available to help students make responsible borrowing decisions.


EDUCATION POLICY
Starting from Scratch

A new vision for higher education.


EDUCATION POLICY
Is It Time to Abolish Federal Student Loans? This Group Says Yes.

Education Policy's paper, Starting from Scratch, was covered in the Washington Post, and Iris Palmer and Amy Laitinen were quoted.


Senate to Outsource Tedious Task of Writing Legislation to Industry Regulated by Same Legislation

Why, ask Alexander Holt and Amy Laitinen, is regulation of the higher ed industry left up to the higher ed industry?


EDUCATION POLICY
Senate to Outsource Tedious Task of Writing Legislation to Industry Regulated by Same Legislation

The Senate HELP committee will likely use a report written by the higher education lobby as the foundation for Higher Education Act.