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

EDUCATION POLICY
Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable

This first post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes accountability under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
The “Innovation” Trap in the PROSPER Act

This third post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes "innovation" policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Not-So-Simple Simplification in the PROSPER Act

This second post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes financial aid policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Avoiding the PSLFiasco: Part Three

Our recommendations for implementation of Public Service Loan Forgiveness will ensure smooth sailing and a more targeted program.


EDUCATION POLICY
Republicans Feel Mixed about Higher Education

Republicans don’t feel so negative about higher education that they’d let their own children forgo college.


EDUCATION POLICY
Avoiding the PSLFiasco: Part Two

Our recommendations for implementation of Public Service Loan Forgiveness will ensure smooth sailing and a more targeted program.


EDUCATION POLICY
Avoiding the PSLFiasco: Part One

Our recommendations for implementation of Public Service Loan Forgiveness will ensure smooth sailing and a more targeted program.


EDUCATION POLICY
Americans have spoken. Now it’s time to deliver.

There are a number of options policymakers and researchers can explore to ensure higher education can deliver on its promise.


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
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
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
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