Alisa F. Cunningham

Alisa F. Cunningham is Director of Research and Evaluation at HEI. She has more than two decades of experience managing and conducting research and evaluation projects on a broad array of topics, including higher education financing, financial aid, measures of community college success, and risk factors for student access and success. She has extensive experience with federal and other datasets, in addition to survey and qualitative analyses. She has also managed a number of programmatic student success initiatives and has worked with multiple higher education institutions to improve their capacity for internal data analysis and strategic finance. She has published articles in various journals and magazines, and is the author or co-author of many reports and policy briefs. Previously, Cunningham worked at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, DC, for 15 years, including as Vice President for Research, where she oversaw IHEP’s research and programmatic work. She was appointed to the Department of Education’s Committee on Measures of Student Success in 2010-2011 and was a recent member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).