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Sandy Baum

Research Professor of Education Policy


Sandy Baum is a Research Professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development as well as senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Dr. Baum has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid policy, student debt, affordability, and other aspects of higher education finance. Dr. Baum regularly teaches higher education finance and policy courses for the Higher Education Administration Program.

College Affordability: What Is It and How Can We Measure It?

Written by Sandy Baum and Jennifer Ma

One in a series of reports funded by Lumina Foundation. The series is designed to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country —by students, states, institutions and the federal government—in order to make higher education more affordable and more equitable.


Understanding Student Behaviors: A Prerequisite to Supporting College Enrollment and Success

Project Directors: Sandy Baum, GWU and Robert Shireman, California Competes

Six papers commissioned with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation