Government Testimony and Reports

Federal Congressional Testimony

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Time to Finish Fixing the FAFSA, September 17, 2020.  Written testimony.

"Ensuring Access to Higher Education: Simplifying Federal Student Aid for Today's College Student." Testimony before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Full Committee Hearing: Ensuring Access to Higher Education: Simplifying Federal Student Aid for Today’s College Student. (November 14, 2013)

Prepared Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce. Hearing: Education Research: Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen the Institute of Education Sciences. (September 10, 2013)

College Tuition Pricing and Federal Financial Aid: Is there a Connection?” Testimony before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Finance. Hearing: Report Card on Tax Exemptions and Incentives for Higher Education: Pass, Fail, or Need Improvement? (December 5, 2006)

Other Federal Testimony and Briefings

White House Convening on Community College Research. Co-sponsored by the Domestic Policy Council, Council of Economic Advisers, and the U.S. Department of Education (2016)

“The State of Community College Research.” White House Education Scholars Convening on Community College Research. (2016)

Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum. Hearing sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings. University of Massachusetts-Boston (2015)

Congressional Research Briefing. “Using Information and Assistance to Improve College Outcomes.” Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University (2014)

White House Summit on College Opportunity. Co-sponsored by the National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Council, and U.S. Department of Education. Remarks given by Pres. Obama. (2014)

Policy Briefing with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. (2014)

Policy Briefing for the Office Staff of the First Lady. “Financial Aid, Information, and Assistance.” (2014)

Policy Briefing with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Harvard University (2014)

Policy Memo to Chairman Tom Harkin and Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “Consensus Recommendations for your Consideration.” With Kristin D. Conklin, Kimberly Cook, and Judith Scott-Clayton. (2013)

Briefing on the Federal College Rating System Proposal for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education (2013)

Capitol Hill Briefing sponsored by Education Deans Alliance, American Educational Research Association, and the National Academy of Education: “Payoffs of Long-Term Investments in Education Research” (2011)

Panel Member, Government Accountability Office Review of Simplifying the Federal Student Aid Application Process (2009)

“The Support of Public Higher Education in Massachusetts: How do we Compare?” Prepared for Commissioner Richard Freeland, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (2009)

“Reforming Federal Financial Aid.” Education Briefing for Senator Edward Kennedy (2006)


State Testimony

“Financial Aid Policy: Best Practices from Around the Nation.” Massachusetts Special Commission on Education Scholarships (2012)

“Does the current financial aid system promote access to higher education? Analysis of the Massachusetts Financial Aid and Enrollment Databases.” Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (2006)

“The Challenges of Access to Higher Education: The Case of Massachusetts.” Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Task Force on Financial Aid (2004)

“State Merit-Based Aid Programs.” West Virginia State Legislature, Education Committee (2001)