The Case for the
College Transparency Act

Since the 2008 Higher Education Act placed a federal ban on a student-level data system, students and taxpayers have been left in the dark about how colleges are performing in their missions to deliver a quality education and a return on investment. That needs to change.

We need better data in our higher education system.

Our existing postsecondary data systems are incomplete, duplicative, inefficient, and burdensome.

Infographic of complex higher education data reporting process

Current law prohibits the federal government from collecting and reporting accurate 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 educationpolicymakers and institutions cannot craft evidence-based policies to help students succeedemployers do not have the talent pipeline they need to grow the economy. data is incomplete and does not count all students.

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

Read these resources on postsecondary data:

FACT SHEET: 101: Postsecondary DataREPORT: How Higher Education Data Reporting is Both Burdensome AND InadequateBLOG POST: Students Need Data to Make the Right Choice

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.

Better data mean better outcomes for students

The College Transparency Act would:

create a complete, secure, privacy-protected federal student-level data network that counts all studentsempower students to choose the college and program that fits their educational and career goalsspur continuous improvement for colleges and universities to promote strong outcomes for all studentsinform evidence-based policymaking at the state and federal levels illuminate equity gaps in college access, success, and post-college outcomes

Read these resources on the College Transparency Act:

ONE-PAGER: College Transparency ActREPORT: A Blueprint for Better Information: Recommendations for a Federal Postsecondary Student-Level Data NetworkBLOG POST: New Legislation Would Provide Students Key Information About College OutcomesOP-ED: Iowa's students deserve the College Transparency ActOP-ED: On the 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill, Military-Connected Students Need The College Transparency Act

The College Transparency Act is widely supported.

Over 180 organizations have signed onto the College Transparency Act and over 100 members of Congress have co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.

List of organizations that support CTA.

Add your voice to the chorus of support
for the #CollegeTransparencyAct:

Speak directly with experts working to make this happen:

Mamie Voight
Institute for Higher Education Policy

Tamara Hiler
Third Way

Clare McCann
New America

Rachel Fleischer
Young Invincibles

Ben Miller
Center for American Progress

Emily Bouck West
Higher Learning Advocates

Deb Santiago
Excelencia in Education

Bill DeBaun
National College Access Network