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

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
College Blackout

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


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
The Omnibus Bill and a Data Tradeoff We Don't Need To Make

There is a lot in the omnibus bill for higher education to be happy about.


EDUCATION POLICY
President Obama Aims to "Shake Things Up" in Higher Ed

This week he revealed his bold new vision for higher education that will focus on three key areas.


EDUCATION POLICY
Why Act When You Can Ask For A(nother) Study? House Kicks the Can On Better College Data

EDUCATION POLICY
It’s Official! US Department of Education Approves First College to Ditch the Credit Hour

EDUCATION POLICY
Defending a College with a 0% Graduation Rate

EDUCATION POLICY
Court Throws Huge Wrench in Higher Education Transparency Efforts

EDUCATION POLICY
Department of Education Letter Could Put Cracks in the Credit Hour

EDUCATION POLICY
Rebalancing Resources and Incentives in Federal Student Aid

The federal financial aid system is no longer up to today’s demands. Built in a different era, its haphazard evolution over the decades has


EDUCATION POLICY
A Holiday Gift from Eric Cantor: Better College Data