A Policy Wonk Brings Data on College Costs to the Table

A College-Cost Policy Wonk Gives Data a Seat at the Table 1

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Jane Wellman (center, at table) was invited to President Obama's December summit on college affordability. Her Delta Project is a source of data on higher-education spending that is cited by those on all sides of the debate.

The dozen higher-education leaders summoned to the White House in December to talk about college affordability included 10 prominent college presidents and the head of one of the nation's most visible education foundations.

And the 12th person, the person seated right across from the president to open and frame the discussion? A self-made number cruncher named Jane Wellman, whose outspoken devotion to the power of data has helped raise some uncomfortable questions about the way states