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.

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Work-Study Worries

Iris Palmer was quoted by Inside Higher Ed regarding the cuts to the federal work-study program under President Trump's budget proposal.

The "Skinny Budget" Starves Some Higher Ed Programs

The Trump Administration calls for a 13 percent cut to funding for the U.S. Department of Education and targeting some popular programs.

Attention College Students: Trump Is Coming After Your Work-Study Gigs

Iris Palmer was quoted by Time in an article on the cuts to the federal work-study program within President Trump's budget proposal.

When Using Data to Predict Outcomes, Consider the Ethical Dilemmas, New Report Urges

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer were quoted by the Hechinger Report on the the new report, Predictive Analytics in Higher Education.

More Public Colleges Start Tuition-Free Programs

Iris Palmer was quoted by U.S. News & World Report in an article on public colleges starting new tuition-free programs.

Hand-in-Hand: Ethics and Predictive Analytics

A new framework offers ethical practices colleges should consider when using predictive analytics.

'Conversation Starter' on Ethical Data Use

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer were quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on the release and contents of a report on predictive analytics.

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

Using data ethically is complex, and no magic formula exists. This ethical framework is meant to start conversations on campus.

Don't Blame State Disinvestment Alone

Iris Palmer was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about state disinvestment in higher education.

Past is Prologue

Using data from the last 15 years, this report looks at how a future recession might impact state and local appropriations for higher ed.

Out Today: Past is Prologue

Eight years out from the last recession, how would a future recession impact state and local appropriations for higher education?

How One University Used Big Data To Boost Graduation Rates

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's report, The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education, was cited in NPR.