Harkin Releases Revised HEA Draft
A revised draft bill released this week by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the retiring chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, would create a federal repository for individual-level postsecondary student data and require colleges to report on their graduates' earnings.
Sen. Harkin first released a draft bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in June. That version did not create a federal student unit record system, but it included requirements for a College Scorecard.
New America discusses key provisions of the revised bill in a blog, and a memo from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) compares this bill with previous legislative proposals to establish a student unit record system.