College Scorecard Updated

Late last week, the U.S. Education Department published updated information on the College Scorecard, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for proponents of transparency in higher education who have watched Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over recent months delay and water down requirements for the gainful employment measure, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The college transparency tool provides consumer information on institutions in an effort to allow students and their families to easily find the average annual cost of a given institution, its graduation rate, the typical salary after attending, and the percentage of students paying off their debt within three years of leaving.

The creation of the Scorecard resulted from the Obama administration's failed attempt to develop a college ranking system. The higher education community has a generally favorable view of the tool, reported Inside Higher Ed, although there are some complaints about which data are included, which students are counted, and how quickly incorrect information is fixed.

 

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https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/29/education-dept-updates-higher-ed-consumer-tool-adds-new-comparison-feature