Iris Palmer

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Iris Palmer is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team, where she provides research and analysis on state policies related to higher education including performance based funding, state student financial aid, and state data systems.

Palmer previously worked at the National Governors Association on postsecondary issues. There she helped states strengthen the connection between higher education and the workforce, support competency based systems, use data from effectiveness and efficiency metrics and improve licensure for veterans. Prior to joining NGA, she worked at HCM Strategists on the Lumina Foundation’s initiative to develop innovative higher education models, including new technologies and competency-based approaches. Before joining HCM Strategists, Palmer worked at the U.S. Department of Education in all of the offices related to higher education: the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the Office of Postsecondary Education, the Policy Office and the Office of the Undersecretary.

Palmer received her undergraduate degree in political science from Goucher College and her masters of public policy from George Mason.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
U.S. State Systems Freeze Tuition Fees As Enrollment Falters

Iris Palmer was quoted in Times Higher Education on public university systems freezing tuition fees.


EDUCATION POLICY
Eight Strategies for Integrating Apprenticeship and College

More Americans will choose apprenticeship when it connects to our higher ed system. A new policy paper proposes eight strategies to do it.


EDUCATION POLICY and SHIFTLABS
Eight Recommendations for Connecting Apprenticeship and Higher Education

To make the most of apprenticeship, policymakers must make it part of—not an "alternative" to—higher education.


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
To Merge or Not

Iris Palmer was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on the factors leading to proposed mergers of public colleges and universities.


EDUCATION POLICY
Targeting the Labor Market with Free College

It's time to combine two of the hottest topics in higher education: free college and apprenticeship.


EDUCATION POLICY
5 Ways to Use Predictive Analytics in an Ethical Manner

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's work on predictive analytics in higher education was cited in eCampus News.


EDUCATION POLICY
Hartle: Trump Education Budget an ‘Assault on College Affordability’

Iris Palmer was quoted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on the leaked Trump education budget's proposed cuts to Federal Work Study.


EDUCATION POLICY
Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's predictive analytics research was covered in Campus Technology.


EDUCATION POLICY
Missing Part of Free-College Push

Iris Palmer was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about the correlation between funding and completion rates.