Kevin Carey

Director, Education Policy Program

Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America. He writes regularly for The Upshot at The New York Times and has written feature articles for Wired, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Washington Monthly, and other publications. He is a contributing writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and edits the annual Washington Monthly college guide. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere was published by Riverhead in 2015.

Prior to joining New America, Carey worked as the policy director of Education Sector, and as an analyst at the Education Trust and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He has also worked for the Indiana Senate Finance Committee and as Indiana’s Assistant State Budget Director. Carey has a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and master's degree from the Ohio State University. 

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Revised Data Shows Community Colleges Have Been Underappreciated

A new federal graduation rate definition changes our perception of community colleges' success with their students.

Apprentices Need Expert Eye. So Does Trump’s Plan for Them.

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about apprenticeship.

Got Student Debt? Soon Your Employer Might Help With That

Kevin Carey was quoted in BuzzFeed News on the idea of employers paying off student loans.

DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about Secretary DeVos' changing policies concerning for-profit colleges.

School vouchers don't just undermine public schools, they undermine our democracy

Kevin Carey was mentioned in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about how school vouchers may harm, rather than help, student achievement.

The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about a Tennessee statistician who sought to measure the “value-added” contributions of individual

How Colleges Know What You Can Afford (and the Limits of That Tactic)

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about college tuition discounting

Campus Free Speech and the continuing adventures of Betsy DeVos

Kevin, Libby, and special guest Steve Teles dig into if, when, or how it's okay to stop someone from speaking on a college campus.

The Problem with DeVos' Education Agenda

Regarding Secretary DeVos' education agenda, the Baltimore Sun referenced Kevin Carey's New York Times article on dismal voucher results.

Tressie McMillan Cottom's "Lower Ed"

Special guest Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the podcast to discuss her new book: "Lower Ed."

The Next Step in the Trump-DeVos Plan to Send Taxpayer Money to Religious Schools

Mother Jones quoted Kevin Carey and his New York Times article on vouchers in an article about a plan to use vouchers for religious schools.

Arizona Shows What Can Go Wrong With Tax Credit Vouchers

Kevin Carey explains the problem with using a tuition tax credit system to fund school vouchers in the New York Times.