Tom Mortenson
Senior Scholar

Higher Ed

  • Costs
  • Finance and funding
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Race and diversity

Thomas G. Mortenson is senior scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C., and an independent higher education policy analyst. Mortenson’s policy research focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence, attainment, and labor force entry of college graduates. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program. Currently,  Mortenson writes for Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY, a monthly research letter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school now published by The Pell Institute.  He provides consulting services on higher educational opportunity policy to state and national organizations and makes presentations on educational opportunity throughout the country and overseas.