Wesley R. Whistle
Wesley Whistle is an education policy professional based in Washington, DC. Currently, Wesley works on Capitol Hill advising a U.S. Senator on education issues, from early education to higher education. Wesley previously worked in federal higher education policy and in various roles at colleges and universities.
Additionally, Wesley is a PhD student at the University of Kentucky College of Education studying education policy, primarily focusing on higher education. He is broadly interested in the economics and politics of education. His interests in higher education include student debt and affordability, stratification and inequity, quality and accountability, access, finance, and more. Wesley’s work is informed by his academic training, work in institutions, and lived experience as a first-generation college graduate and former Pell Grant recipient.
Before working in the Senate, Wesley worked at think tanks in Washington, DC on higher education issues, including quality, accountability, affordability, and access.
Outside of education, he has experience in other policy areas. At the federal level, Wesley has worked on LGBTQ+ issues, immigration, arts and humanities, and science and research funding. He worked in state government on a variety of issues including health care, social policy, and economic and workforce development.
Higher Ed Administration
Wesley also has experience in institutions of higher education. Most recently, he served his alma mater as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research. In this role, he led data analysis and reporting, assessment and program evaluation, and benchmarking and institutional data reporting, including federal and state governmental agency requirements like IPEDS and NSLDS. He held other roles in institutional research and assessment at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
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