IHEP

Experts

On its staff, IHEP has a number of experts who are knowledgeable about a variety of higher education policy related issues. These experts have spent many years in their respective fields, and are the principle professional and academic arms of IHEP.

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Higher education access and success—domestic and international
  • National higher education trends and policies
  • Student experience and engagement

Clifford Adelman, Ph.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Access and success
  • Degree completion rates
  • Standardized testing and assessment
  • Student mobility and transfer patterns
  • The role of community colleges
  • Secondary/postsecondary transitions and curricular alignment
  • International issues on participation, attainment, and degree qualifications
  • Course-taking, curriculum, and majors

Sandy Baum, Ph.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Access and success
  • Affordability
  • College pricing
  • Student aid policy
  • Student debt

Ann Coles, Ed.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Higher education access and success–domestic and international
  • Federal and state higher education trends and policies
  • School-to-college transition
  • Access and persistence programs
  • International higher education
  • Financial aid policy

 

Alisa Federico Cunningham, Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Benefits of higher education
  • Private financing, including loans and scholarships
  • Trends in higher education, including minority-serving institutions
  • Tuition, financial aid issues
  • Financing higher education, especially relating to disadvantaged groups
  • Using higher education data (national databases) in policymaking
  • Prices and net prices and trends

Thomas D. Parker, Ed.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Higher education finance
  • Higher education access
  • Domestic and international
  • History of higher education
  • Trends in international higher education

Ronald A. Phipps, Ed.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Financing higher education
  • Statewide governance
  • Distance learning and technology

Thomas R. Wolanin, Ph.D., Senior Associate

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Federal higher education policy, with a focus on student financial aid programs and accountability systems
  • Higher education equity issues among historically disadvantaged students, such as low-income, disabled, and foster youth
  • Higher education policies in post-Soviet countries including Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Poland
  • Higher education policies in South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique