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

Out Today: The Affordability Conundrum

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

The Affordability Conundrum

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

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.

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.

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.

Is Higher Education the Gateway to the Middle Class?

Groundbreaking new research offers a major step forward in our understanding of higher education and economic mobility.

The Consequences of Coding Errors

After recent errors, the Department of Education must change its data practices and release its source code.

Feds' Data Error Inflated Loan Repayment Rates on the College Scorecard

Kim Dancy and Ben Barrett's blog post about the Department's error in calculating repayment rates was quoted in Inside Higher Ed.

Fewer Borrowers Are Repaying Their Loans Than Previously Thought

The US Department of Education announced a critical error in the way it had previously been calculating repayment rates.

The Case for Expanding Gainful Employment Under Trump

The Trump Administration should adopt the Gainful Employment standard for all postsecondary education programs.