In addition to occasionally writing articles for a broad audience, I am frequently quoted by local and national news outlets discussing my own research as well as key state and national higher education issues. Below are recent examples of me in the news.
My Commentary and Analysis
“Federal Financial Aid for College Will Be Easier to Apply For–And a Bit More Generous.” The Conversation, January 13, 2021.
“What a Biden Win Would Mean for Higher Education.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 5, 2020.
“Permanent Budget Cuts Are Coming.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 15, 2020.
“This Will Be One of the Worst Months in the History of Higher Education.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7, 2020.
“The Looming Financial Fallout.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2020.
“Colleges Aren’t Reopening in the Fall.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2020.
“Income-Based Repayment Becoming a Costly Solution to Student Loan Debt.” The Conversation, October 11, 2019.
“America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2019.” Washington Monthly, September/October 2019.
“Bernie Sanders’ Student Debt Plan Doesn’t Actually Fix the Problem of Student Debt.” NBC News, June 25, 2019.
“Our Next Secretary of Education Should Be Drafted Out of College, Not High School.” Brown Center Chalkboard (Brookings), May 17, 2019.
“Another University is Imploding. The Federal Government Must Do More” (with Kenneth Megan). Roll Call, March 11, 2019.
“Boarding Up a Window on Vocational Ed” (with Paul Glastris). Inside Higher Ed, November 20, 2018.
About My Research
“We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do.” Paul Fain, Open Campus, September 2, 2021.
“More Out-of-State Students Don’t Bring Colleges Higher Tuition Revenue, Study Finds.” Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 1, 2021.
“Study: Gainful Employment Associated With Closures.” Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed, November 12, 2019.
“Performance Funding and Underrepresented Student Enrollment.” Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2019.
“Study finds U.S. Loans Don’t Inflate Professional School Tuition.” Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2019.
“Even at Top Colleges, Graduation Gaps Persist for Poor Students.” Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2019.
“Does More Federal Aid Raise Tuition Costs? Not for Most Students, Research Says.” Clare Lombardo, NPR, December 13, 2018.
“What Can Research Tell Us About Steep Cuts for Public Colleges?” Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2018.
“Do Performance-Based Funding Policies Benefit Low-Income and Non-White Students?” Jarrett Carter, Education Dive, March 14, 2018.
“Fewer Young College Graduates are Moving Than a Decade Ago.” Jillian Berman, MarketWatch, January 23, 2018.
“Should College Students Have to Pay Fees That Go to Groups They Don’t Support?” Jon Marcus, The Washington Post, October 29, 2017.
Quoted in the Media
“Colleges Are Giving Staff Pandemic Bonuses, A Cheaper Alternative to Raises.” Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Higher Ed Dive, December 15, 2021.
“More Colleges Rethink Student Loans as Debate Over Debt Cancellation Rages On.” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post, December 11, 2021.
“‘Depressing’ College Enrollment Numbers Show Pandemic Damage is ‘Far from Over’.” Aarthi Swaminathan, Yahoo! Finance, October 26, 2021.
“‘It Almost Feels Like Groundhog Day’: Colleges Welcome Students Back Amid Variant Surge.” Jillian Berman, MarketWatch, August 25, 2021.
“The Richest Colleges Didn’t Need to Cut Their Budgets in the Pandemic—But They Did.” Gregory Svirnovskiy, Vox, June 13, 2021.
“N.Y. Raffles Off 4-Year College Scholarships as Shot Incentives.” Janet Lorin and Emma Kinery, Bloomberg, May 26, 2021.
“Public Funding of US Higher Education Shifts Downward.” Paul Basken, Times Higher Education, May 26, 2021.
“Getting Better?” Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2021.
“After Years of Struggle at Becker College, the Pandemic Was One Hurdle Too Many.” Laura Krantz, The Boston Globe, April 5, 2021.
“FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution is Going Away. Good Riddance.” Ron Lieber, The New York Times, December 30, 2020.
“How the Pandemic is Imperiling a Working-Class College.” Matt Richtel, The New York Times, December 28, 2020.
“What Colleges and Students Should Expect From a Biden Administration.” Elissa Nadworny, National Public Radio, November 16, 2020.
I was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning in August 2020 about what higher education will look like in the fall 2020 semester.
I was on NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast in July 2020 to talk about higher education finance and the fall 2020 semester.
I was a guest on Bloomberg Radio in June 2020 to talk about the cost of online versus in-person education.
I joined the Bond Buyer podcast in June 2020 to discuss the financial stability of American higher education.
I joined CRPE’s Research Minutes podcast in June 2019 to discuss my research on how performance-based funding policies in higher education can reduce unintended consequences.
I participated in this Bipartisan Policy Center panel in April 2019 to discuss ways to reform the college closure process.
I was a guest on ACTA’s podcast in February 2019 to discuss higher education accountability.
I was on WAMU/NPR’s “1A” show in November 2018 to talk about education debt held by older adults.
I participated in this Brookings Institution panel in September 2018 on the future of free college policies in the United States.
I joined the Gates Foundation’s “To A Degree” podcast in September 2018 to discuss higher education data and accountability.
I was on NJTV’s “Caucus New Jersey” in June 2018 to discuss higher education affordability and accountability.
I joined Bryan Alexander’s “Future Trends Forum” series in November 2017 to discuss higher education insiders’ views on key policy issues.
I was a panelist on PBS’s “Point Taken” show in April 2016 to discuss whether college is worth the price tag.
I was a panelist on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” show in August 2013 to discuss Washington Monthly magazine’s college rankings.