Patrick M. Callan is president of the Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent, non- profit, nonpartisan corporation established in 1991 to conduct higher education policy research. The Institute sponsored the California Higher Education Policy Center from 1992 to 1997, and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education from 1997 through 2011.

Prior to serving as president of the California and National policy centers, Callan was executive director of state higher education boards and commissions in Montana, Washington and California, Vice President of the Education Commission of the States and staff director of the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education.

Mr. Callan has written extensively on educational policy issues, focusing principally on educational opportunity, public accountability, the financing of colleges and universities and public policy leadership. As president of the National Center, he oversaw report cards on national and state-by-state performance of American higher education. These Measuring Up reports, issued biennially over a decade, helped shape public policies to improve college preparation, participation, completion, affordability, and benefits. 

In 2011-2012 Callan was a senior fellow at the Washington-based Committee for Economic Development. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Callan recently co-authored Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization (Harvard Education Press, 2012)