Clare McCann

Deputy Director for Federal Policy, Education Policy

Clare McCann is the deputy director for federal higher education policy with New America's Education Policy program. She works on the higher education team, conducting research and analysis on issues including federal financial aid, data transparency, and accountability for institutions of higher education. She previously served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education. McCann holds a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
A Not-So-Simple Simplification in the PROSPER Act

This second post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes financial aid policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
The “Innovation” Trap in the PROSPER Act

This third post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes "innovation" policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable

This first post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes accountability under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Fix for Borrowers with Loan Discharges Comes Up Short in Tax Reform

A provision in the House tax reform bill would make loan forgiveness for death or disability nontaxable. Why doesn't Congress go further?


EDUCATION POLICY
U.S. Considers Partial Relief for Defrauded Student Borrowers

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on the Dept. of Education offering partial relief to students who filed borrower-defense claims.


EDUCATION POLICY
Income Share Agreements Aren’t a Solution to Student Debt

Companies are pitching a novel solution to student loans: future income sharing agreements. But they may present new problems for borrowers.


EDUCATION POLICY
Chetty vs. Pell: What’s the Best Way to Measure a College’s Commitment to Low-Income Students?

Higher education researchers often use Pell as a proxy for the low-income students a school serves. The reality is more complicated.


EDUCATION POLICY
Return of the College Scorecard

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on the College Scorecard update.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Star Is Born: The College Scorecard’s Latest Feature Is Great News for Students

The Department of Education launched a new feature where students can compare up to 10 different colleges across a host of data measures.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Spellings Commission: Same Story, Different Decade

Eleven years ago, the Department of Education laid out a vision for postsecondary education—but few of its suggestions have been adopted.


EDUCATION POLICY
Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault Gets Scrapped

Clare McCann was quoted by the Associated Press on the Department of Education scrapping guidance on campus sexual assault investigations.


EDUCATION POLICY
Government Watchdog Blasts Education Department’s Financial Oversight of Colleges

Clare McCann was quoted in the Washington Post on the Department of Education's responsibility to ensure rigorous oversight of colleges.