Alex Usher is President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, a consultancy based in Toronto, Canada with a practice that includes work on all six continents. He is the author or co-author of many works on access, student financial assistance, higher education finance and quality measurement. His most recent major work, with Dominic Orr and Johannes Wespel of the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), is Do Changes in Cost-Sharing Have an Impact on the Behaviour of Students and Higher Education Institutions? Evidence from Nine-Case Studies. He writes a daily column on higher education called One Thought to Start Your Day which can be found at www.higheredstrategy.com/blog.