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The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education's mission has promoted public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepared action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions. The National Center communicated performance results and key findings to the public, to civic, business and higher education leaders, and to state and federal leaders who were poised to improve higher education policy.

Established in 1998, the National Center is not affiliated with any institution of higher education, with any political party, or with any government agency.

In working to improve higher education through effective public policy, the National Center served both as a resource and catalyst:

  • A Resource for Policy Development. The National Center conducted independent research and analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education.
  • A Catalyst for improving Public Policy. The National Center communicated performance results and key findings to the public, to civic, business, and higher education leaders, and to public officials who are poised to improve public policies regarding higher education.

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