Rachel Fishman

Deputy Director for Research, Education Policy Program

Rachel Fishman is the deputy director for research with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education initiative, where she provides research and analysis on policies related to college finance, consumer protection and transparency, and access and success of post-traditional students. In addition, Fishman leads the initiative’s public opinion work including Varying Degrees, its signature annual survey. Fishman and her work have been cited in such media outlets as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and NPR. Her blogging on financial aid won a national award from the Education Writers Association in 2013.

Fishman previously worked as an education advisor for The College Planning Center in Boston where she provided guidance to students and families how to plan and pay for college. She holds a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All Work

The U.S. college system is broken, millennials say

Rachel Fishman was quoted in Market Watch about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public opinion of higher education.

Mixed Views on Higher Ed

Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman were quoted in Inside Higher Ed about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public opinion of higher

Are community colleges finally 'having a moment'?

Rachel Fishman was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the rising accessibility and affordability of community colleges.

Varying Degrees

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise.

People Esteem Community Colleges but Question How Well Higher Ed Serves Students

Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman were quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education about Varying Degrees, a New America survey on the public o

Navigating The Jump From Community College To Our Region’s Four-Year Schools

Rachel Fishman spoke about some of the issues local community colleges and their students face on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

A New World for Profits

Trump’s election has huge ramifications for protecting consumers as higher education moves into a new era of for-profits.

Higher Education in the Election

Americans believe education beyond high school is necessary for securing economic success, but is an increasingly expensive proposition.

No Matter Who’s Paying the Bill, College Is More Expensive Than You Think

Rachel Fishman was quoted in Time about the cost of college.

More Than Tuition

How policy makers and institutions can better align resources for today’s students.

More Than Tuition: Higher Education and the Social Safety Net

College is not a proxy for a social safety net.

More Than Tuition: Improving Financial Literacy

After COA is set, low and moderate income students have a tough decision to make, how much debt can they realistically take on?