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February 19, 2015
By Michael Stratford
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
By Chris Parr
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".
February 13, 2015
To the delight of many colleges and universities, Senator Lamar Alexander plans to approach the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act as a gardening activity.
January 30, 2015
By Michael Stratford
A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.
January 9, 2015
Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The American Council on Education submitted a consensus letter, signed by 20 other higher education groups, that laid out provisions that garnered widespread support as well as concern.
December 19, 2014
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between.
December 19, 2014
By Michael Stratford
After nearly a year and a half of public debate over its proposed college ratings, the Obama administration on Friday provided the first glimpse into how it will structure such a system, including the criteria it will use to judge colleges.
December 19, 2014
By Allie Bidwell
Nearly a year and a half after President Barack Obama tasked his administration with developing a system to rate colleges based on access, affordability and quality, a draft of the proposal was unveiled Friday morning.
December 19, 2014
By Douglas Belkin
The Obama administration spelled out an ambitious college-rating plan on Friday that introduces new metrics to judge the nation’s roughly 5,000 colleges and universities at a time when student debt is hamstringing the U.S. economy and the efficiency of the higher-education sector is in question.
December 19, 2014
By Allie Grasgreen
In the weeks and months leading up to the first major release of the controversial college ratings plan, Education Department officials have described the content as a “draft,” an “outline” and a “wire frame.” They weren’t exaggerating.