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Rethinking Student Aid
Professor of Economics Emerita, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sandy Baum is an independent higher education policy analyst and consultant. Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor Emerita of Economics at Skidmore College, Dr. Baum earned her B.A. in sociology at Bryn Mawr College, where she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and her Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University. She 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 is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Affiliated Consultant for HCM Strategists, and consultant to the College Board, where has co-authored the annual publications Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing since 2002. She also co-authors Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. She chaired the College Board’s Rethinking Student Aid study group, which issued comprehensive proposals for reform of the federal student aid system in 2008, and the Rethinking Pell Grants study group, which issued recommendations in April 2013. She chaired a Brookings Institution study group that issued its report, Beyond Need and Merit: Strengthening State Grant Programs in May 2012.