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 and NEW AMERICA
The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math

They reached out to three different higher ed experts — Peter Cappelli, a professor at UPenn's Wharton Business School, Anthony Carnevale of


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
Obama Won't Rate Colleges, So We Did

Amy Laitinen is the deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation. She thinks a good ranking would focus on


EDUCATION POLICY
Why the U.S. Needs Better Student Data

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EDUCATION POLICY
Whatever Happened to the Department's Competency-Based Education Experiments?

President Obama announced competency-based experiments two years ago but still hasn't happened. It is not enough to announce policy.


EDUCATION POLICY
Defining Competency

Both documents include a focus on tracking learning outcomes. Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at New America, has said co


EDUCATION POLICY
New Bill to Provide More Information About College Outcomes

According to a piece by the New America Foundation’s Amy Laitinen: The House introduced a bill with high-profile bi-partisan cosponsors that


EDUCATION POLICY
Bipartisan Bill on Wage Data

Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would enable the linking of student-level enrollment information with data


EDUCATION POLICY
House Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to End The College Blackout

Leading house republicans and democrats introduce legislation to help students and families answer critical questions about college value.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Disturbing Reason Higher Education Lobbying Groups Are Supporting For-Profit Colleges

The more likely motivation for the traditional schools is that it gives the lobby strength in numbers in challenging the administration’s ot


EDUCATION POLICY
Does Senator Alexander Want Less Burden or Better Information? He/We Can Have Both!

Senator Alexander holds a hearing on consumer choice and information today.


EDUCATION POLICY
Schools spend nearly 1,000,000 hours complying with IPEDS. Let's cut that by 2/3!

EDUCATION POLICY
Higher Ed Lobby Quietly Joins For-Profit Schools To Roll Back Tighter Rules

The more likely motivation for the traditional schools is that it gives the lobby strength in numbers in challenging the administration's ot