MDRC’s Mike Weiss a Featured Speaker at March 22 Forum, “Innovation in Higher Education,” at U.S. Capitol


Michael Weiss, MDRC Senior Associate, will be a panelist at a March 22 forum, “Innovation in Higher Education: How Data & Evidence Can Improve Student Outcomes,” sponsored by Results for America, Knowledge Alliance, and America Forward. It will be held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, 9:00-10:30 am.

A college degree remains one of the best tickets for social mobility. But, as higher education has grown more important, costs have risen, and attainment levels have stagnated. The result is that millions of students lack the skills and credentials they need for good jobs. And yet, some colleges and universities have gotten better results — helping students learn more and graduate more quickly. The challenge is to find ways to scale these results.

This forum will discuss how federal policy can support innovative and evidence-based approaches to improving student outcomes, including those outlined in the recent bipartisan report, Moneyball for Higher Education. Given that Congress is currently working on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, this discussion will be timely and relevant.

Featured speakers:

  • Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Vice President of Social Policy & Politics, Third Way

  • Greg Johnson, CEO, Bottom Line

  • James Kvaal, President, The Institute for College Access and Success

  • Michael J. Weiss, Senior Associate, MDRC

  • Michele McLaughlin, President, Knowledge Alliance

  • Nicole Truhe, Director, Government Affairs, America Forward

  • Jeremy Ayers, Vice President of Policy, Results for America

To attend, RSVP at this website.