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
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.


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2-Pronged Strategy Against ‘Gainful’ Rule

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


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Education Dept. Gives Firm Hint at Rollback of Gainful-Employment Rule

Amy Laitinen was mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the rumored rollbackof the gainful-employment rule and the implication


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Here’s How a Student ‘Unit Record’ System Could Change Higher Ed

Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann were quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education about how colleges can better direct their course strategies


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Push for 'Unit Records' Revived

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on proposed legislation that would overturn a ban on a federal student record system.


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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.


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Study Shows Americans' Confidence in Higher Education is Dropping

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Ed Surge about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public opinion of higher education.


EDUCATION POLICY
Mixed Views on Higher Ed

Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman were quoted in Inside Higher Ed about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public opinion of higher


EDUCATION POLICY
Survey: Just 1 in 4 say our higher ed system functioning as it should

Amy Laitinen was quoted in USA Today about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public opinion of higher education.


EDUCATION POLICY
People Esteem Community Colleges but Question How Well Higher Ed Serves Students

Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman were quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public o