- The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) announced the launch of the Center on Higher Education Reform Thursday in a bid to increase its influence on U.S. higher education reform.
- Under AEI founding director Andrew P. Kelly's direction, the think tank's new arm will "conduct independent, data-driven research and analysis" meant to influence policy and reform efforts as decisions are made concerning issues that include rapid tuition increases, poor completion rates and ballooning student debt.
- The CHER team also includes research associate Kathryn C. Deane and research fellow Dr. Awilda Rodriguez, who is a college access, college match and state policy expert.
From the article:
... “I will say that I think the establishment of CHER does reflect AEI’s sense that higher education is going to become an increasingly important issue in the coming years,” said Kelly. “It already is, and I think there’s a sense that the issues of college cost and lackluster completion rates, student debt aren’t going anywhere any time soon.”
He continued, “And so CHER stands to play a leadership role in this conversation about how to reform the system that’s just getting started and has been emerging over the past four years. I’m really thrilled to be at the head of the work,” said Kelly. ...