Ratings system launches a new era for universities

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On Thursday President Obama outlined a rating system for higher education that included sharing consumer data with students and parents, encouraging colleges and universities to drive down the cost of attendance through innovation and linking future federal financial aid to an institution’s performance. The president’s proposal is a necessary step, but for true reform to be realized, many more steps are needed, including increased clarity on the ratings themselves and greater stakeholder participation.

Students and parents would benefit from transparency in the cost of education, number of low-income students each institution enrolls, graduation rates and average student debt loads.

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