House Introduces Bipartisan Legislation on Wage Data

Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would enable the linking of student-level enrollment information with data on employment and wages.

The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (H.R. 2518) – sponsored by Representatives Mia Love (R-UT) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and co-sponsored by Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), John Carney (D-DE), and Susan Davis (D-CA) – would overturn the federal ban on student unit record systems in order to free up existing information that is not currently accessible. The bill would provide postgraduate earnings averages at both the institutional and academic program levels, graduation rates for more than just first and full-time students, loan debt information for graduates and non-completers, and information on whether students go on to graduate school.

The House measure hews closely to the Senate version of the bill, which was introduced earlier this session by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mark Warner (D-VA). Previous versions of the Senate bill also called for a federal student unit record system, which would track students through higher education and into the workforce, Inside Higher Ed reported. Conservative lawmakers and private college groups have opposed the system, however, citing privacy issues and other concerns.


Related Links

U.S. Representative Mia Love's Press Release

Inside Higher Ed