Public invited to weigh in on Obama's college-rating proposal

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Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama's proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials said.

The Wednesday event is the first in a series of four public sessions held around the country — and the only one in California — to gather input on the president's recently announced agenda to develop a college ratings system to help students select schools with the best bang for their buck.

"Higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility in America," Obama said in August during a kickoff campaign at the University of Buffalo. "If we don't do something about keeping it within reach, it will create problems for economic mobility for generations to come."

The ratings score card would be developed for the 2015 school year using such measures as the percentage of low-income students receiving federal Pell grants, average tuition and student debt, graduation and transfer rates, and graduate incomes.

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