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
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Past is Prologue

Using data from the last 15 years, this report looks at how a future recession might impact state and local appropriations for higher ed.


EDUCATION POLICY
Out Today: Past is Prologue

Eight years out from the last recession, how would a future recession impact state and local appropriations for higher education?


EDUCATION POLICY
Transparency, Accountability, and Trump

Newly released earnings data reveal huge variation in return on degrees - but will the Trump administration keep it around?


EDUCATION POLICY
Getting Rad, Not Even: Universal Student Debt Write-Offs Get Results, But Not the Best Ones

Using the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances to look at student debt levels among American families.


EDUCATION POLICY
Fix Free College: Are We a Nation of States? What's the State of Our Nation?

EDUCATION POLICY
Fix Free College: What We Can Learn from Place-Based Promise Programs

In at least 83 communities nationwide, free college is already a reality. What can these programs teach us?


EDUCATION POLICY
Fix Free College

While controversial, adopting price controls such as these could impose some much-needed discipline in the market for higher education.


EDUCATION POLICY
How Much Does Living Off-Campus Cost? Who Knows?

Kim Dancy and Rachel Fishman's research on cost of attendance is cited in The New York Times.


EDUCATION POLICY
Do Subsidies for Public Universities Favor the Affluent?

In a paper out this week, we compare individual student tuition payments at universities with information about their school spends.