The Case for
Better Data in Higher Ed

Current law prohibits the federal government from collecting and reporting data on student outcomes at each college and university in the United States.

Without this information students and families are not empowered to make well-informed choices about their education, policymakers and institutions cannot craft evidence-based policies to help students succeed, and employers do not have the talent pipeline they need to grow the economy.

Students and taxpayers have been left in the dark about how colleges are performing in their missions to deliver quality education and that needs to change.

We’re celebrating the bipartisan reintroduction of the College Transparency Act. Check out the bill text here.

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We need better data in our higher education system.

Prospective students and families need a student-level data system to make informed higher education decisions.

We can solve higher education's
data problem with the
College Transparency Act.

Students need data to make the right choice, and taxpayers need transparency to know they're getting a return on their investment in higher education institutions.

The College Transparency Act would:
Create a complete, secure, privacy-protected federal student-level data network that counts all students, empower students to choose the college and program that fits their educational and career goals, spur continuous improvement for colleges and universities to promote strong outcomes for all students, inform evidence-based policymaking at the state and federal levels, and illuminate equity gaps in college access, success, and post-college outcomes.

Check out these resources to learn more about why we need better data in higher education & how to get it:

BLOG POST: Without Better Postsecondary Data, We’re Leaving Stakeholders in the Dark
Ohio OP-ED: Column: We can support Ohio’s veterans by reforming higher education
OP-ED: Let's bring higher ed out of the data Dark Ages
Colorado OP-ED: Higher ed should serve those who served
Missouri OP-ED Higher ed transparency is vital now more than ever
South Carolina OP-ED How College Transparency Act would help families
Utah OP-ED: Improved higher education equals more opportunity
Louisiana LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Students deserve transparency on enrollment, financial statistics from universities
Iowa OP-ED: Iowa's students deserve the College Transparency Act
OP-ED: On the 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill, Military-Connected Students Need The College Transparency Act
ONE-PAGER: College Transparency Act
REPORT: A Blueprint for Better Information: Recommendations for a Federal Postsecondary Student-Level Data Network
BLOG POST: New Legislation Would Provide Students Key Information About College Outcomes
BRIEF: Implementing a Federal Student-Level Data Network

The College Transparency Act is widely supported.

Over 180 organizations have signed onto the College Transparency Act and over 150 members of Congress have co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.

List of organizations that support CTA.

Speak directly with experts working to make this happen:

Mamie Voight
Institute for Higher Education Policy

Tamara Hiler
Third Way

Rachel Fleischer
Young Invincibles

Antoinette Flores
Center for American Progress

Emily Bouck West
Higher Learning Advocates

Deb Santiago
Excelencia in Education

Bill DeBaun
National College Access Network