Alisa F. Cunningham is director of research at The Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit, non-partisan research and policy group located in Washington, D.C. She has served as project director for several research projects on higher education finance, student financial aid, and minority-serving institutions. Before joining the Institute she worked for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Bonn International Center for Conversion in Germany. She has authored or co-authored several studies on higher education, including most recently Study of College Costs and Prices, and Building Strong Communities: Tribal Colleges as Engaged Institutions. She has a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and a master's degree from George Washington University.
Jane V. Wellman is a senior associate with The Institute for Higher Education Policy. She is a director of several of The Institute's research and policy efforts, including The New Millennium Project, a national study of higher education renewal strategies; the "Seat-Time" study of uses and alternatives to the student credit hour unit of measurement; and a national study of trends in costs and prices. She is the author or co-author of several recent publications by the Institute on higher education costs, finance, and public policy. In addition to research and writing, she consults with state systems and national associations on major projects, and is a consulting editor for several publications. Wellman has worked for over 20 years in higher education and government relations at the federal and state levels and with public and private institutions. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.