Why I work with HCM
All students deserve an equitable playing field — that is the guiding principle from which I start my work each day. Until we can ensure that all students have the same opportunities and support to access and complete postsecondary education, with all of the choices and benefits that education confers, our work will never be done. I am proud to be part of a team that shares this belief and strives daily to remove barriers, effect change, and help students reach their goals.
Program Director of Policy and Analysis
Linda Baglia is dedicated to improving outcomes for students through smart, targeted policy solutions. As part of HCM’s postsecondary team, Linda delivers high-level policy assistance to multiple clients, including Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Education Commission for the States and others.
Linda oversees the standards and manages the collection for HCM’s 50-state database on postsecondary state policy and provides high-level data analysis through reports, briefs and case studies to the firm’s postsecondary clients. Linda also has authored and co-authored blogs and op-eds across the firm.
Linda earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine. She holds a dual master’s degree in education and literacy from Long Island University, and taught elementary school in New York State before joining HCM.
Linda lives in the Hill Country of Texas, outside of Austin, with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
Articles & Publications
- The True Cost of a College Degree
- Equity Suffers in the College Admissions Game
- Translating Data:Using Student Performance Data to Inform Policy and Improve Outcomes
- Promising Policy: Driving Better Outcomes and Equity in Education
- To Boost the Economy, Focus on Adult Students
- Purposeful Data Systems: A Strategic Approach for Policymakers