Rebecca S. Natow


Rebecca Natow is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Hofstra University and a fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Natow is an expert on higher education policy and has written extensively about the federal higher education rulemaking process in the US Department of Education. She has also researched and written about performance-based funding policies for higher education, technology use in postsecondary developmental education, and research utilization in the creation of federal higher education regulations. Her most recent book, Reexamining the Federal Role in Higher Education: Politics and Policymaking in the Postsecondary Sector, was published by Teachers College Press earlier this year. Natow received her EdD, EdM, and MA in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Ep. 75. Biden, SCOTUS, and Student Loan Debt Relief

July 25, 2023

Director of Education Policy Studies at the Rockefeller Institute Brian Backstrom and Fellow Rebecca Natow recap the United States Supreme Court decisions on the Biden administration's student debt relief plan and outline what the administration is doing next to provide relief to student debt borrowers. Continue Reading...

Ep. 71. Supporting the Nation’s Community Colleges

May 2, 2023

Rockefeller Institute Fellow Rebecca Natow discusses the latest trends facing community colleges and what federal and state policy programs and proposals exist to provide additional support to community colleges. Continue Reading...

Federal Policy on Community Colleges: Presidential Priorities and Policy Tools

April 6, 2023

Rockefeller Institute Fellow Rebecca Natow examines how federal policy has affected community colleges in the past and how it could support them moving forward. Continue Reading...

A Framework for Understanding Federal-State Partnerships for Higher Education

October 7, 2021

This report examines the role federal-state partnerships play in funding and regulating higher education institutions. Continue Reading...

Higher Education Policy Implications of President Biden’s First 100 Days

May 4, 2021

This analysis reviews the higher education-related policies, proposals, and appointments that occurred in the first 100 days of the Biden administration and offers a perspective on those that might yet come. Continue Reading...

Ep. 35. H.E.L.P. Higher Education

January 21, 2021

Rebecca Natow joins host Alex Morse, to discuss her latest analysis examining the retirement of US Senator and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander. Continue Reading...

The Importance of Congressional Leadership for Higher Education Policy

January 4, 2021

Congressional leadership positions—including chamber, party, and committee leadership—significantly influence Congress’s higher education policy agenda, and the choice for the new chair of the Senate’s HELP Committee will be critical to upcoming federal action in the sector. Continue Reading...

Implications of the 2020 Presidential Election for Federal Higher Education Policy

October 27, 2020

This analysis explores the implications of the 2020 presidential election outcome on federal higher education policy. Continue Reading...