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 Bill for Evidence Could Improve Access to Higher Ed Data

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) introduced a bill that would make lawmakers consider policy in a way they rarely do.


EDUCATION POLICY
15 Higher Education Predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, New America's education program offers 15 higher education predictions for what we think will happen next year.


EDUCATION POLICY
Federal Policy, the Election, and the Changing Ivory Tower

The Ivory Tower is changing. People want to acquire new skills more often, get degrees later in life, and do so on schedules convenient to t


EDUCATION POLICY
College Applicants Get Glimpse at Their Future Job Prospects

Private colleges backed a 2008 law that prohibits the federal government from creating a database tying academic records to postgraduate ear


EDUCATION POLICY
What's in the Department's Competency-Based Experimental Site Notice?

Results from the eagerly anticipated study on competency based testing.


EDUCATION POLICY
Higher Ed Data Bill Band-Aids Over Problems

Rep. Virginia Foxx's proposed higher ed data bill won't do enough to help students.


EDUCATION POLICY
Higher Ed Data Plan Would Supersize Burden

The House and Senate education committees took a step forward on reauthorization of the Higher Ed Act, but with a high burden.


EDUCATION POLICY
Congress Gears Up to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act

Senate Democrats and House Republicans announced plans for legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which expired in 2013.


EDUCATION POLICY
Simplification is the Word of the Day

Is consensus emerging on some key federal higher education policy issues? It looks that way.


FUTURE TENSE
Hacking the University

If 2012 was the year of the Massive Open Online Course, according to the New York Times, 2013 was something of a reality check.


EDUCATION POLICY
Students in the Dark on College Value, Thanks to Higher Education Lobby

New America's Education Policy Program released a report exploring the history of a ban on a national student unit record system.


EDUCATION POLICY
College Blackout

Students, families, and policymakers are finding their questions can’t be answered—because the higher education lobby has fought to keep it