Renewing the Promise of the Higher Education Act: Seven principles for Reauthorization

In November 2015, New America convened a diverse coalition of national organizations to discuss strategies for strengthening connections between education, social mobility, and economic development in anticipation of the 50th anniversary and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). In this resource, the coalition provides a broad overview of recent trends in the higher education landscape and offers seven principles of reform for policymakers to consider based on these developments, including (1) student outcomes need to play a stronger role in informing decisions about higher education policies, (2) federal financial aid policies need to be more flexible, (3) higher education needs to do more to connect learning and work, (4) accreditation processes need to be more transparent and rigorous, (5) quality assurance processes should focus more on programs and credentials, (6) HEA services should be aligned with those of other federal education and training programs, and (7) policy should encourage innovation and experimentation.

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