ED Seeks Ideas On Proposed College Ratings

Career College Central summary:

  • U.S. Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter wants community college leaders to chime in on the Obama administration’s proposal to rate higher education institutions and on how to ensure programs funded through a $2-billion job training initiative thrive and spread.
  • Speaking at an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) meeting last week in Washington, D.C., Kanter—who announced this month that she will soon step down from the top higher education position at the department—touched on several issues related to college completion and student success, from student services and student debt, to technology and data.
  • The department’s new online College Scorecard is proving to be a useful tool to students and families, and President Obama’s pitch for a college ratings system would build on that, Kanter said. She noted the metrics the department currently uses for colleges are “blunt” and called the current Scorecard “1.0,” but collecting and analyzing data is now part of the political fabric.

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