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
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Refinancing Isn't The Solution To Student Loan Woes

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


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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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Affordability Conundrum

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


EDUCATION POLICY
Out Today: The Affordability Conundrum

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