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. As a result, students and taxpayers have been left in the dark about how colleges are performing to deliver quality education
That needs to change.
Luckily, the College Transparency Act (CTA) is one idea with broad bipartisan support that will empower students and families to make well-informed choices, while giving policymakers and institutions the data they need to make well-informed policy decisions.
By creating a privacy-protected, student-level data network, CTA would give Americans the full picture on which institutions provide students the best return on their investment and bring higher education out of the data dark ages.
We’re celebrating the bipartisan reintroduction of the College Transparency Act. Check out the bill text here.
CTA in the News
NEWS: Local students welcome proposed bill to require more transparency from universities
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
Louisiana LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Students deserve transparency on enrollment, financial statistics from universities
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.
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.
ONE-PAGER: College Transparency Act
LETTER TO THE HOUSE: In Support of CTA
LETTER TO THE SENATE: In Support of CTA
Speak with experts working to make this happen:
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Center for American Progress
Emily Bouck West
Higher Learning Advocates
Excelencia in Education
National College Access Network