Engaging a Broad Public Discourse About Higher Education

The National Center works to improve higher education policies that directly affect Americans and their prospects for a successful future.

Public Values and Leaders' Attitudes About Higher Education

As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center's primary commitment is to the long-term public interest. As part of this commitment, the National Center collaborates with Public Agenda, a public opinion research organization, to conduct research about public values and leaders' attitudes about higher education. This research expands the conversation about public policy beyond higher education and government leaders to include those who traditionally have not been heard, including the public, civic and business leaders, and underserved populations.

A Resource on Higher Education Policy

The National Center prepares action-oriented analyses of state and federal policies affecting education beyond high school. Working with other independent groups, the National Center also sponsors briefings and seminars on important developments that affect Americans' opportunities in higher education. For instance, the National Center collaborates with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media to provide seminars for reporters who cover higher education, and with the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) to provide briefings to legislators on higher education finance. Through its research, its seminars, and its analysis of key policy issues, the National Center serves as an independent source of information on public policies affecting higher education.

A Quarterly Newspaper Devoted to Higher Education Policy

The National Center also encourages informed discussion and debate about higher education by publishing National CrossTalk, a quarterly newspaper with a nationwide circulation that reaches state, federal, business, and civic leaders. The publication's articles and opinion pieces, written independently of the National Center's positions, cover key developments in higher education, with an emphasis on revealing the stories behind the overall trends — articles that portray the implications of higher education policies for individuals, families, communities, and states.