Kim Dancy

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Kim Dancy is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She works with the Higher Education Initiative, where she conducts original research and data analysis on higher education issues, including federal funding for education programs, quality assurance, and consumer protection, and provides general data and analytic support. 

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.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
How The ONE Loan Goes Too Far

Simultaneously capping student loans and eliminating forgiveness provisions is duplicative and somewhat cruel.


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
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
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
This Is What the GOP Tax Plan Means for Higher Education

Kim Dancy wrote for CNN about what the GOP tax bill means for higher education.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Would Tax Reform Mean for Universities?

The GOP tax overhaul includes a provision to tax earnings from large endowments - but which schools would be affected?


EDUCATION POLICY
Perkins Borrowers: Up a Creek Without A Paddle?

Recent data shows a high proportion of Perkins borrowers are taking on the maximum Stafford loans.


EDUCATION POLICY
Keeping Score: The Changing Demographics of Federal Aid Recipients

EDUCATION POLICY
Cohort Default Rates for 2014, In Four Charts

Overall, 580,671 out of 5,047,954 borrowers who entered repayment in 2014 defaulted on their student loans by the end of 2017.


EDUCATION POLICY
In-State Tuition Increases Sharply at Some Public Schools

Kim Dancy was quoted in U.S. News & World Report on the recession's impact on sticker-price increases at public and private schools.


EDUCATION POLICY
2-Pronged Strategy Against ‘Gainful’ Rule

Amy Laitinen and Kim Dancy were mentioned in Inside Higher Ed about federal gainful-employment rules.


EDUCATION POLICY
Oregon's Budget Woes Highlight the Challenges of Free College

Paying for Free College is by far the hardest part, but the consequences are severe when states come up short.