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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College credit? Kill that

The U.S. Department of Education is encouraging innovation by colleges looking to experiment with alternatives to the credit hour, and there


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As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards

Competency-based programs “could very easily devolve into diploma mills,” said Amy Laitinen, a former White House and Department of Educatio


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Universities press Congress for fewer rules

"It's very easy to say 'Do away with regulations and leave colleges alone,'" Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New A


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You Can Now Get College Credit Without Ever Taking a Class

Competency-based programs “could very easily devolve into diploma mills,” says Amy Laitinen, a former White House and Department of Educatio


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Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs

“I don’t think it’s surprising that a report written by industry for industry would say, ‘Thanks for the money now leave us alone,’” said Am


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Key Questions on President's 2016 Education Budget - Higher Education

President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget request to congress this week.


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The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

Faculty members are at the core of the Carnegie Unit, said Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at New America, formerly the N


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Sticking With Credit Hour

Amy Laitinen is one of those experts. Laitinen, the deputy director for higher education at New America, a liberal thinktank, wrote an influ


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Carnegie Foundation Looks Beyond Education’s Stress on the Credit Hour

“There’s an urgency to finding an alternative,” said Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at New America, a Washington-based t


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Experimenting with Competency

“This is much more complicated than any experiment they have done,” said Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the New America Foundation's highe


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New Higher Ed Federalism

“I am baffled by the idea the feds shouldn't be involved, because they are involved, to the tune of $140 billion -- plus VA benefits, plus G


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Community college for everyone — Duncan to weigh in on NCLB — East Ramapo students seek relief — Virginia takes issue with waiver profile

The Education Department has begun inviting colleges to participate in its upcoming round of experimental sites, Allie Grasgreen reports. Am