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Sandy Baum

Sandy BaumSandy Baum joined the Skidmore College Department of Economics in 1987 and has served as chair of the department. She is currently a consultant to Skidmore's admissions and financial aid staff and is also a senior policy analyst at the College Board. She has written extensively on issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid policy, student debt, affordability, and other aspects of higher education finance. A sought-after expert who is frequently quoted in the national media, she has testified before Senate and House committees on matters of higher education finance.

Baum is the co-author of a number of publications for the College Board, including Trends in Student Aid, Trends in College Pricing, and Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. Her recent work includes studies of benchmarks for manageable student debt and of tuition discounting at public and private institutions. Baum co-chaired the Rethinking Student Aid study group, a foundation-funded effort under the auspices of the College Board that in 2008 released long-term proposals for reforming the student aid system.

Baum earned a B.A. in sociology at Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University.