Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement after United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander formally cosponsored S. 800, The College Transparency Act.
“We are deeply appreciative that Chairman Alexander is now a cosponsor of the College Transparency Act. It’s long past time Congress lift the ban on student-level data so the public, policymakers, and schools can have access to much more complete data on student outcomes. The College Transparency Act would provide much more complete graduation figures, including for those who transfer out of an institution, and would also provide details on how well graduates from individuals institutions and academic programs do in the workforce.
“APLU has worked so closely with lawmakers on the College Transparency Act because public universities believe greater data means greater transparency and because it would enable them to better understand how they can strengthen their own work to help students. The legislation now has 27 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, more than a quarter of the institution, and includes policymakers representing all parts of the political spectrum. We look forward to working with Chairman Alexander and others in Congress to advance this important piece of bipartisan legislation.”