- College access and admission
- Financial aid
- Higher education finance and operations
- Higher education reform
Sandy Baum is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a research professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and professor emerita of economics at Skidmore College. She has written and spoken extensively on college access, college pricing, student aid policy, student debt, affordability, and other aspects of higher education finance. Baum has co-written the College Board’s annual publications “Trends in Student Aid” and “Trends in College Pricing” since 2002. She is also a co-author of “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.” Baum chaired the College Board’s Rethinking Student Aid study group, which issued comprehensive proposals for reform of the federal student aid system in 2008, and the Rethinking Pell Grants study group, which issued recommendations in April 2013. She is a member of the board of the National Student Clearinghouse. Baum earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Bryn Mawr College, where she is currently a member of the board of trustees, and her doctorate in economics at Columbia University.