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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Transparency, Accountability, and Trump

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