Rachel Fishman

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Rachel Fishman is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team, where she provides research and analysis on policies related to higher education including college affordability, public education, data transparency, and access and success of underrepresented students. Fishman and her work have been cited in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, 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. Fishman holds a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Varying Degrees

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Higher Education in the Election

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition

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


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition: Higher Education and the Social Safety Net

College is not a proxy for a social safety net.


EDUCATION POLICY
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?