Ted Eismeier, who was communications director for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, has joined non-profit Higher Learning Advocates as communications & external affairs director.

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HLA wants to reform the nation's federal postsecondary education policies by educating policymakers on issues such as quality assurance, accreditation and support for a new student-centered system of learning and outcomes.

Eismeier will team with Emily Bouck, former legislative director for Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who joined HLA in April as policy and advocacy director.

She worked on policy issues related to higher education accreditation, finance, data, transparency and skills training.

"Today's rapidly changing market requires us to rethink policy through the lens of what students and workers need, instead of reinforcing the status quo," said Julie Peller, HLA executive director, in a statement. "Emily and Ted have been on frontlines of higher education advocacy and innovation and will bring both the issue-area expertise and skills needed to advance our mission."

Washington-based HLA launched in 2016 with funding by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foudation.

LF says it's dedicated to increasing the proportion of working-age Americans with college degrees, workforce certificates, and other high-quality credentials beyond high school to 60 percent by 2025.