Comment Sought on College Scorecard

by Christina Pena
January 29, 2016

RTI International organized a Technical Review Panel on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, and has issued a formal request for public comment.

The revised College Scorecard has been online since last fall. The Scorecard shows the average earnings for former students of most U.S. colleges and universities. Currently, the Scorecard provides earnings by institution, and not by program, although the Department of Education plans to make this information available in the future. The Scorecard includes only students receiving federal financial aid. (See WDQC's earlier blog for additional background.)

The Technical Review Panel, made up of almost 60 participants from relevant government, higher education institutions and associations, data users, and other key stakeholders, met in December to consider a number of potential changes to the Scorecard. Issues discussed included making improvements to the Scorecard’s consumer tools and data, as well as outreach efforts. Some specific suggestions addressed improving the classification of institutions, additional ways to filter data, and encouraging the Department to focus efforts on API for third party institutions, developers, and researchers to create more customizable information for students.

RTI has posted online the summary of the Panel’s findings: Report and Suggestions from College Scorecard Technical Review. The summary also notes that the Department of Education “plans to continue testing the College Scorecard with students and counselors to optimize features and capabilities.”

On behalf of the Department, RTI is requesting comments and suggestions on the Scorecard from interested parties to address data, metrics, and model specifications. Comments are due by February 26, 2016. Visit RTI’s website for more information.