May 7, 2019
Policy and Data Expert Joins Advocacy Group Committed to Lowering Cost of College

Dr. Archie Cubarrubia to head policy development and research at Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust; will advance state policy agenda to reduce college costs and increase accountability.

WASHINGTON, DC (October 30, 2018) — Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving college affordability through state policy and improved college governance, today announced Dr. Archie Cubarrubia as the organization’s Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.

“As a former policy maker and institutional administrator, Archie deeply understands the complexity of issues around higher education access, affordability, and accountability, ” said Dr. James Toscano, president of Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust.  “He understands how to leverage data to encourage and implement policies and practices that help colleges and universities fulfill the promise of higher education.”

Cubarrubia served for nearly a decade at the US Department of Education under the Bush and Obama administrations. During this time, he led several of the agency's high-profile activities related to postsecondary access, affordability, and accountability. He led the postsecondary, adult, and career education team at the Department's internal think tank and directed research and development activities for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, commonly referred to as IPEDS. In addition, he was the principal analyst for Secretary Spelling’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education.  Most recently he was the vice provost for institutional effectiveness at Miami Dade College, one of the nation’s largest community colleges, and has directed student success programs at Boston University, University of Rhode Island and Northern Arizona University.  He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

“As an advocate for student success, I have learned that data tell a powerful story,” said Cubarrubia. “When we use those data to scale innovations that work while being more transparent about our outcomes, we can build greater public trust in our colleges and universities and assure students and families that their investment in higher education is worth it. I am excited to join an organization committed to promoting the many ways that higher education can transform policy and practice to improve college access, affordability, and accountability. Students deserve our nation’s best thinking and action so they can pursue higher education without a lifetime of debt.

About Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust:

Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving higher education affordability, transparency and quality. We give voice to the students and families who pay for the rising cost of college — but rarely have a seat at the policymaking table. We advocate for common sense policies and practices that will ensure that students graduate with less debt and are better equipped to make good on higher education’s promise of economic mobility.

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