Policy Priorities

  • Reform America’s Dysfunctional Higher Education Accreditation System
  • Rethink Public Financing of Postsecondary Study to Encourage Competition and Accountability
  • Open New Pathways to Family-Sustaining Careers
  • Combat the Politicization of Higher Education and Encourage Viewpoint Diversity on U.S. Campuses
  • Protect Students’ and Professors’ First Amendment Rights

Universities are among the most important institutions in American society—responsible for advancing science, fostering economic growth, transmitting a cultural inheritance to the next generation, and preparing young people for citizenship and family-sustaining careers. Unfortunately, although U.S. universities are lavishly funded by state and federal taxpayers, many of them are failing to live up to their important public responsibilities.

The America First Policy Institute’s Higher Education Reform Initiative works to develop and advance policy reforms at the state and national levels. We envision a competitive higher education marketplace that does a better job of graduating students with in-demand skills and credentials at a reasonable cost to families and taxpayers. Universities should also prepare graduates for citizenship and lifelong learning through rigorous academic programs delivered in an environment that fosters free inquiry and a wide range of viewpoints.


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