Kevin Carey (born October 6, 1970) is an American higher education writer and policy analyst. He serves as Director of the Education Policy Program at New America, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization based in Washington, D.C.[2] He writes regularly on education for The Upshot at the New York Times, and is guest editor of the annual Washington Monthly College Guide.[3] He has taught education policy at Johns Hopkins University,[2][4] and was a monthly columnist for six years at The Chronicle of Higher Education.[2] He has been described by New York Times Washington columnist David Leonhardt as “one of the sharpest higher education experts out there”[5] and by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews as “the best higher education writer in the country.”[6]

Kevin Carey
Born (1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 53)[1]
EducationBinghamton University
Ohio State University (MPA)
Occupation(s)Higher Education writer, analyst
Known forAnalysis of college costs, MOOCs, and student unit records

Carey has written features and articles for The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and The American Prospect, among other publications. He has testified to the United States Senate and House of Representatives committees on education,[7][8] and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, and other media outlets.[2] His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, was published by Riverhead Books in 2015. He has co-edited three books on education, including Stretching the Higher Education Dollar.[9] His writing was anthologized in Best American Legal Writing, and he has received an Education Writers Association award for commentary.[2]

Prior to joining the New America Foundation, Carey served for eight years as policy director at Education Sector, and before that in various analyst roles at the Education Trust, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Indiana Senate Finance Committee.[10][11] Between 1999 and 2001 he was Indiana’s Assistant State Budget Director for Education.[2]

Education and personal life edit

Carey has a bachelor's degree in political science from Binghamton University in 1992, and a Masters in Public Administration from Ohio State University in 1995.[12][13] He lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, VA.[2]

Career edit

Carey discusses the premise of his 2015 book, The End of College

After completing his M.P.A. at Ohio State University, Carey moved to Indianapolis, where he became an education finance analyst for the state of Indiana, helping to develop a new formula for setting property taxes and distributing state financial aid that was designed to help low-income children.[14] He later became a Senior Analyst for the Indiana Senate Finance Committee, where he wrote legislation and advised the Democratic caucus on matters of fiscal policy.[14] In 1999 he became Indiana's Assistant State Budget Director for Education, a position in which he advised Governor Frank O'Bannon on K-12 and higher education policy issues.[14]

Carey moved to Washington, D.C. in 2001, and joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) as a policy analyst.[11] His work at the CBPP focused on state poverty-based education funding programs.[14] In 2003 Carey joined the Education Trust,[15] where he served as Director of Policy Research and created the graduation rate website.[15]

In September 2005, Carey helped found Education Sector, an independent education think tank.[3][16] At Education Sector he led the organization's policy team, and headed up policy development in K-12 and higher education.[3] His research focused largely on higher education reform issues, including the college rankings systems, and efforts to improve college graduation rates.[3] He wrote extensively on college affordability and accountability issues, and drew particularly wide attention for a Winter 2010 essay in the journal, Democracy, on the role of the American higher education lobby in elevating student costs and obstructing efforts to improve accountability and transparency.[17][18][19] He also wrote an in-depth profile of education historian Diane Ravitch for The New Republic in 2011.[20]

In 2012 Carey became Director of New America's Education Policy Program, which focuses its research on improving outcomes for low-income learners and expanding public access to information.[21] His recent research and writing has focused on the intersection of technology and higher education, including the prospects of digital badges in education, and Massive Open Online Courses.[22][23]

Books edit

  • Carey, K., The End of College. Riverhead Books, 2015
  • Kelly, A., and Carey, K. Stretching the Higher Education Dollar. Harvard Education Press, 2013.
  • Carey, K., Kelly, A., and Wildavsky, B. Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation. Harvard Education Press, 2011.
  • Carey, K. and Schneider, M. Accountability in American Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

References edit

  1. ^ "Kevin D Carey".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Kevin Carey". Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kevin Carey". Archived from the original on 2013-12-06.
  4. ^ "Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences: Advanced Academic Programs Faculty" (PDF).
  5. ^ Leonhardt, David (August 23, 2010). "A Different Way of Ranking Colleges". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "America's best community colleges". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "Written Statement of Kevin Carey Before the Committee on Education and the Workforce" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Testimony of Kevin Carey Policy Director, Education Sector on Innovations in College Affordability to U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions" (PDF).
  9. ^ "The Brian Lehrer Show: Making College Accessible and Affordable".
  10. ^ "The Real Value of Value Added: Getting Effective Teachers to the Students". Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  11. ^ a b "How Well Are States Coping with the Slow Economy and Structural Budget Problems".
  12. ^ "Board of Advisors, Blue Engine".
  13. ^ "What's Wrong With Boasting About CLA Scores?".
  14. ^ a b c d Carey, K.; Schneider, M. (20 December 2010). Accountability in American Higher Education. Springer. ISBN 9780230115309.
  15. ^ a b "State funding gaps: Students who need the most continue to get the least". Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  16. ^ "Who We Are". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  17. ^ "The Trouble With College Costs". The New York Times. April 26, 2010.
  18. ^ "Holding Colleges Accountable: Is Success Measurable?". Time. January 7, 2010.
  19. ^ Tomasky, Michael (15 May 2012). "The Insane Cost of Higher Education". The Daily Beast.
  20. ^ Carey, Kevin (23 November 2011). "The Dissenter". The New Republic.
  21. ^ "About New America Education". Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  22. ^ "Into the Future with MOOCs". 3 September 2012.
  23. ^ Carey, Kevin (November 2, 2012). "Show Me Your Badge". The New York Times.

External links edit

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