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Alana Dunagan
Senior Research Fellow, Higher Education

Higher Ed

  • Value of college
  • College graduation rates
  • Accountability
  • Accreditation
  • Business of education
  • Economy and college
  • Enrollment
  • Federal policy
  • New colleges
  • Public universities

Alana Dunagan is a senior research fellow at The Christensen Institute. Dunagan leads the higher education research and works to find solutions for a more affordable system that better serves both students and employers. In this role, Dunagan analyzes disruptive forces changing the higher education landscape. Her research includes studying business model innovations, public policies, and investment strategies that can give rise to new and sustainable postsecondary models. Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Dunagan spent ten years in institutional investment management working on behalf of nonprofits, particularly colleges and universities. She worked as an investment consultant for Slocum and spent five years with Macalester College managing their $700 million endowment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.