Obama college rating system will take on U.S. News & World Report

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The White House will have a new college rating system available for the school year starting in 2015 that will deliberately run counter to the well-known ranking system produced by U.S. News and World Report, a top White House aide said Thursday.

"We are developing a rating system which is, frankly, intended to compete with U.S. News and World Report, which is the wrong measure," White House Director of Public Policy Cecelia Munoz said at National Journal's Next America Pathways to Success program.

Rather than rating schools based on selectivity, the White House will use metrics of access, completion, and affordability to rank the nation's colleges and universities. "How many students graduate on time? Are they able to pay off their loans," Munoz said.

The White House proposal, unveiled earlier this year, hasn't received much attention in the wake of the government shutdown and implementation of President Obama's health care law. Munoz brushed off a question about whether the debacle of the health care rollout has caused Americans to be less persuaded by the need for government intervention for colleges. "This conversation gets entangled sometimes in ideology, which isn't relevant to how education happens," she said.

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