Kevin Carey


Federal Regulations are Not Making College More Expensive

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to testify at a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on innovations in higher education affordability. You can watch the video here. It was an interesting morning marred by a long discussion of an essentially bogus idea: that college keeps getting more expensive… Read more »

Tenured Radical’s Strange Ideas About Policy

In the State of the Union and again in a speech at the University of Michigan last Friday, President Obama laid out a new higher education agenda. As I wrote at The New Republic, it’s an ambitious and welcome plan that’s important less for what policies are likely to pass Congress in an election year… Read more »

What To Think About That Big New Teacher Value-Added Study

Nicholas Kristoff wrote yesterday about the “landmark” new teacher value-added study from Raj Chetty, John Friedman and Jonah Rockoff. It’s worth being clear about why the study has garnered so much attention. It’s not because it shows that teachers matter. Everyone knew or believed that already. It’s because it shows that teachers vary in how… Read more »

The Art of Fielding and the End of Student Loan Default

My new Chronicle of Higher Education column makes the case for converting the entire federal student loan system to income-contingent repayment, administered by the IRS. To illustrate why this is a good idea, consider the recent Vanity Fair article (now an e-book) about the Chad Harbach’s debut novel, The Art of Fielding. In a nutshell,… Read more »

Selling College Students Down the River

One of the principal differences between K-12 and higher education is that people representing elementary and secondary teachers often go to elaborate lengths in denying the extent to which they’re pursuing a narrow self-interested agenda at the expense of student welfare and the public good, whereas in college they’re completely upfront about it. Two recent… Read more »