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
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Out Today: The Affordability Conundrum

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Consequences of Coding Errors

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Case for Expanding Gainful Employment Under Trump

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


EDUCATION POLICY
Free SUNY College Tuition? That Raises Lots of Questions

Kim Dancy was quoted in the Buffalo News about the implications of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's free tuition plan.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Cuomo's Plan Tells Us About the Future of Free College

The announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is a key sign that the fight for free college tuition may be going local.