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Elizabeth Baylor is the Director of Postsecondary Education at American Progress. Her work focuses on improving affordability and quality within the U.S. higher-education system and ensuring that all Americans have access to a college education.

Prior to joining American Progress, Baylor served as senior investigator on the staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, or HELP, Committee under the leadership of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). In this role, she worked to implement the committee’s consumer protection and higher education policy agenda, which included a high-profile investigation of the for-profit higher education sector. She also co-authored the investigation’s final report, “For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success.”

Baylor previously worked on Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and on the staff of Obama for America. She has held research and policy analysis positions for various progressive organizations and campaigns, including the 2004 presidential campaign of former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) and the Democratic National Committee. Baylor started her career working for the Clinton administration in the White House Office of Communications.

Baylor has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the impact of federal financial aid programs on minority student enrollment in higher education. Her work has been featured and she has been cited by major media outlets including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio.

Baylor grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

By Elizabeth Baylor
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The Unlikely Area in Which For-Profit Colleges Are Doing Just FineCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students Are Excluded from Top Public UniversitiesCenter for American ProgressOctober 13, 2016
Take Card Vendors Out of the Student Aid Refund GameAmerican BankerMay 5, 2016
How the Government Lets For-Profit Colleges Rip Off Students and TaxpayersTimeApril 28, 2016
Looking in All the Wrong Places: College Oversight Source DocumentsCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2016
Looking in All the Wrong PlacesCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2016
Cash Management Rule Maximizes Student Access to Financial Aid DollarsCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2015
Examination of Select Post-Secondary Financial Aid ProgramsCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2015
Borrower Voices Explain the Need for Affordable Student-Loan RepaymentCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2015
Transparent Oversight of Troubled Colleges Can Help Students Make Informed ChoicesCenter for American ProgressApril 16, 2015
Increasing Postsecondary Attainment Through Smarter Student-Loan RepaymentCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2015
State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan DebtCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2014
The Impact of the Great Recession on Public CollegesCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2014
A Great Recession, a Great RetreatCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2014
Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan DebtCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2014
Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College AffordabilityCenter for American ProgressMay 28, 2014
Lessons LearnedCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2014
Public College Quality Compact for Students and TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2014
What Do You Wish You Had Known About Student-Loan Debt and College Choice?Center for American ProgressDecember 12, 2013
Resetting the Trillion-Dollar Student-Loan Debt ProblemCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2013
Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2013
Meeting Students Where They AreCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2013