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Melanie E. Corrigan

Melanie E. Corrigan



Melanie E. Corrigan is the director of National Initiatives in ACE’s Division of Government and Public Affairs. She is the project director of ACE’s national public service campaign KnowHow2GO, which focuses on expanding access to higher education, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill website, She directed Solutions for Our Future, ACE's national campaign to increase public awareness of how American colleges and universities serve the public.

Corrigan also conducts research on federal and national higher education policy issues of interest to ACE members, policy makers, other higher education associations and the media. Corrigan is the author or co-author of numerous reports, articles, and book chapters on student financing of higher education, access and persistence in postsecondary education and the college presidency, including Beyond Borrowing: Understanding Student Debt Burden; Persistence Challenges and the Diversity of Low-Income Students; Student Success: Understanding Graduation and Persistence Rates; and The American College President. She is the co-editor of Changing Student Attendance Patterns: Implications for Policy and Practice. 

Corrigan has a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College.