Kim Dancy

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Kim Dancy is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She works with the higher education team, where she provides research and data analysis of higher education issues, including federal funding for education programs.

Prior to joining New America, Dancy worked for the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, where her work focused on the use of competency-based education in career and technical fields, as well as the alignment of educational programs with labor market needs. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University. She specializes in data analysis and provides analytical support to the higher education programs using a variety of resources. 

All Work

Refinancing Isn't The Solution To Student Loan Woes

Kim Dancy was mentioned in Forbes about her recent report, In the Interest of Few.

In the Interest of Few

If implemented, a federal student loan refinancing plan could cost taxpayers $58 billion, yet save the average household just $8 per month.

Out Today: In the Interest of the Few

How would federal student loan refinancing impact borrowers? We use the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances to find out.

Averages Aren't Enough: Why Students Deserve Program-Level Outcomes Information

Career Education Colleges Universities's proposal to replace gainful employment would deliberately mislead prospective students.

Mind the Gap: How Higher Education Contributes to Gender Wage Disparities

A recent study from shows significant gaps in the earnings between male and female students.

The Affordability Conundrum

College affordability has taken on a new meaning. For whom is college affordable? And why?

Best Value Colleges: Reports Look at Affordability Metrics and the Top 10 in Colorado

A report coauthored by Kim Dancy was cited by the Denver Business Journal regarding college affordability metrics.

What New York Gets Wrong About Free College

Asking students to repay their grants if life takes them out of state fails to live up to the promise of free.

Out Today: The Affordability Conundrum

For such a common topic, defining affordability in higher education is surprisingly difficult.

New York Isn’t the Only Free College Proposal with a Catch

While some states’ plans are well-designed, others could be difficult to implement, or even risk creating more problems than they solve.

Tennessee Doubles Down on Free College

Few states are including adult students in their push for free college, but leaving out such an important group is a mistake.

How Budget Battles are Stacked Against Higher Education

Michigan highlights how federal budget cuts can harm public colleges and universities.