HED policy

Report: Federal HED policy must undergo dramatic shift

Policy framework suggests three-part plan to focus on better outcomes.

A new policy framework identifies a three-pronged plan to shift the focus of federal policy from higher education to higher learning by ensuring high-quality outcomes, focusing on today’s students and creating a more affordable and responsive system of education and training beyond high school.

Most federal higher education policies were designed when the typical college student attended a four-year college directly after high school.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that 75 percent of students today are now either working adults, part-time students, parents with dependent children or student with some other non-traditional characteristic. In the framework, Higher Learning Advocates argues federal policy should adapt to meet the needs of those students.

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Laura Ascione

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