Rather Than Ratings, AACC Wants Better Data

Career College Central summary:

  • Community college students would be better served with more accurate data on college completion and employment rather than the Obama administration's proposal ?for a national college rating system, according to two-year college advocates.
  • During a public forum on Wednesday on the administration’s plan to address college value and affordability—with a focus on a rating system that would tie federal student aid to college performance—national association representatives and individual college leaders addressed their concerns about the plan. Community colleges, in particular, have very diverse student populations and program offerings, which would make it difficult to compare and rate them, according to two-year college supporters.
  • While a national rating system may serve students who are considering four-year institutions around the country, students who attend community colleges typically stay local, so a national rating would not benefit them.

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