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.


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EDUCATION POLICY
Vandy Takes on Federal Regs, Redux

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EDUCATION POLICY
Financial aid for coding boot camps and MOOCs

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EDUCATION POLICY
Visualizing the Higher Education Industry

Kim Dancy and Amy Laitinen paint a view of the huge and complex higher education industry with it's multiple goals and constituencies.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
Caution on Competency

“This is a totally arcane issue that could have a huge impact on how we offer different kinds of education,” said Amy Laitinen, deputy direc


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
Tough on Colleges, Arne Duncan Bequeaths Record of Advocacy for Students

"The scorecard data are really big and will hopefully push the conversation around transparency and maybe accountability," said Amy Laitinen


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
New Federal College Data Elicit Praise, Skepticism

"The data are incredibly useful. For far too long, students, families, and counselors have been operating largely in the dark when it comes


EDUCATION POLICY
Washington: Don’t turn your back

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EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
A million little pieces

With public schools clamoring for money, and education perpetually struggling for attention as a national priority, you might think it would


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
Why the U.S. Needs Better Student Data

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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
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.