Robert Shireman
Senior Fellow

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Finance and funding
  • For-profit colleges
  • Higher education reform
  • Readiness

Robert Shireman is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation working on education policy with a focus on for-profit college accountability, quality assurance and consumer protections. He served in the Clinton White House as a senior policy advisor to the National Economic Council and later for the Obama administration as deputy undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education. Shireman has played key roles in a wide variety of higher education finance, access, quality, and governance issues. He shepherded the evolution of the nation’s income-based student loan repayment system from its initial adoption in 1992 to its expansion and improvement by President Barack Obama. He organized the federal response to emerging signs of predatory for-profit career training in 2009, leading to a set of regulatory reforms and enforcement actions. Shireman’s analysis of local needs in California prompted changes in the funding formula for the state’s community colleges, and he worked to improve the ethnic and economic diversity of California’s private colleges. Shireman serves on the board of uAspire, a national nonprofit that helps low-income students find quality, affordable college options.