Published: November 2018

National comparison data for colleges erased

In reaction to the Education Department’s latest update to the college comparison tool, College Scorecard, consumer, higher education, and student advocates wrote to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to reinstate key outcome metrics that provide critical statistics for would-be students, and transparent accountability measures for the individual schools.

The Department of Education’s College Scorecard previously showed potential students how the net price, graduation rate, repayment rate, and typical earnings for colleges compared to the national median. It also showed whether the college was above or below average for those measures. The Department of Education has decided to omit these metrics for the tool, but advocates are pushing back, saying that dropping national comparison data won’t make it easier for students to navigate a marketplace of higher education institutions.

Lead Organization

Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Other Organizations

AccessLex Institute | Achieve Atlanta | Association of College Unions International | Aspen Institute College Excellence Program | California EDGE Coalition | Colorado Center for Law and Policy | Consumer Action | Council for Opportunity in Education | Data Quality Campaign | Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | George Washington University Institute of Public Policy | Higher Leaning Advocates | Indiana Institute for Working Families | Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) | Knowledge Alliance | Lehman College of the City University of New York | National Association for College Admission Counseling | National College Access Network | New America’s Higher Education Initiative | Ohio State University Office of Institutional Research and Planning | Postsecondary Analytics | Pretty Good Consulting, Inc. | Public Insight | R4 Workforce | Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law | Skills2Compete Colorado | South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST) | Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) | The Education Trust | The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) | Third Way | uAspire | United Negro College Fund | Workforce Solutions Group | Young Invincibles

More Information

For more information, please visit IHEP.

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National comparison data for colleges erased   (CollegeScorecardLetter_.pdf)




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