September 23, 2015
For decades, the federal government’s main yardstick for judging how colleges perform with federal aid dollars has been the default rate on student loans. Each year the U.S. Department of Education tallies up how many borrowers from a given college fell so far behind on their federal loan payments that they defaulted within several years of starting to repay.
September 18, 2015
In the run-up to the first day of classes each year, students and families are inundated with higher education statistics and often left wondering what information really matters or even which facts and figures to trust. With college access and affordability already emerging as central issues in the 2016 election cycle, the year ahead promises even more confusion than usual.
September 14, 2015
The Obama administration over the weekend unveiled the revamped college information website it created instead of its original plan to rate colleges, releasing a trove of new federal data about the nation’s colleges and universities.
September 12, 2015
To help students better compare colleges, the federal government on Saturday launched a revamped College Scorecard website. Among other features, the site will publish earnings for federal aid recipients from every college in the country.
September 1, 2015
More than 200 university presidents and chancellors on Monday urged the Obama administration to incorporate voluntary, institution-submitted data on student completion rates into its forthcoming consumer information tool.
August 12, 2015
After more than two years of anxiety over how the Obama administration planned to judge their institutions, many college and university leaders exhaled deeply earlier this summer when federal officials dropped their plan to create a college ratings system.
August 4, 2015
Colleges would not be allowed to punish a student for committing sexual assault unless the alleged victim agrees to report their attack to police, under a pair of new bills pushed by national fraternity organizations and opposed by higher education groups.
June 30, 2015
When a group of higher-education associations unveiled the framework for a system to track the long-term success of college graduates earlier this year, it did so on the heels of a major announcement by the U.S. Department of Education. DOE, at the time, said it was working on a college-ratings system to help prospective students determine the value of an education from any given institution.
February 19, 2015
From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it.
February 16, 2015
The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities wants President Barack Obama's administration to instead embrace a more "practical plan for transparency and accountability reform", describing current proposals - which would see universities rated on tuition fee rates, the amount of debt students accumulate, and the amount of money they are paid post-graduation - as "complex... with numerous technical challenges and near certain inaccuracies".