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Sandy Baum

Sandy Baum



Senior Fellow


"I came to the study of higher education finance from a broad interest in public policy, equity, and the distribution of income. College access is a critical part of this agenda and both practitioners and policy makers are eager for analytical insights and evidence to strengthen their work. We have made a lot of progress in increasing access to postsecondary education, but we have a long way to go in diminishing the extent to which family background influences where people end up in the educational and socioeconomic hierarchies. I look forward to continuing my work in this vital area of public policy at the Urban Institute."

Sandy Baum is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and a research professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Professor Emerita of Economics at Skidmore College, Dr. Baum earned her B.A. in sociology at Bryn Mawr College, where she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and her Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University. She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid policy, student debt, affordability, and other aspects of higher education finance.

Dr. Baum has co-authored the College Board's annual publications Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing since 2002. She also co-authors Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. She chaired the College Board's Rethinking Student Aid study group, which issued comprehensive proposals for reform of the federal student aid system in 2008, and the Rethinking Pell Grants study group, which issued recommendations in April 2013. She chaired a Brookings Institution study group that issued its report, Beyond Need and Merit: Strengthening State Grant Programs in May 2012, and is a member of the Board of the National Student Clearinghouse.

Read blog posts by Sandy Baum: http://blog.metrotrends.org/author/sbaum/

Publications by topic:
Workforce Development, Training and Opportunity
Race, Ethnicity, Gender
Education
Employment and Education
Immigration

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