The College Transparency Act is a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Under this proposed legislation, the U.S. Department of Education would provide students, colleges, employers, policy leaders, and the public with information about what programs are helping students to earn credentials and get good jobs. The proposed legislation directs the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to match that student-level information with existing data from other federal agencies.
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The College Transparency Act (CTA) of 2017 is a bipartisan bill in both the House (H.R. 2434) and Senate (S. 1121) that would provide students, colleges, employers, policy leaders, and the public with more complete information about what programs are helping students to earn credentials and get good jobs.
This fact sheet answers questions about how the CTA would work, what information it would provide to the public, and how it would protect privacy.
Last week, WDQC hosted its fourth annual Fly-In, “Energized for Evidence,” in Washington D.C. The two-day conference brought together two dozen state representatives, as well as national organizations and federal government representatives to discuss various topics related to data collection and use.
The American Enterprise Institute published the report, Degrees of Opportunity: Lessons Learned from State-Level Data on Postsecondary Earnings Outcomes." The report's authors used earnings data to look at wage outcomes for four and two-year degrees, and also apprenticeship and certificate programs. The researchers discovered that some of the shorter term programs also offered viable paths toward middle class wages.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) published this report to propose the basic elements of operations, data governmance, and privacy and security of a student-level data system. Such a system would provide students with vital information about their postsecondary investments, including employment and earnings outcomes by postsecondary programs.
Last week, Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry (MTDLI) and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) released a new report entitled "Meeting State Worker Demand: A report on the Labor Market Outcomes for Montana Colleges." The report answers two particularly important questions:
(1) Are Montana’s colleges producing enough graduates to meet employer demand? and
Third Way analyzed data from four-year, two-year, and certificate-granting institutions to show results on college completion, post-enrollment earnings, and loan repayment. Those indicators of success were also measured across public, private non-profit, and for-profit postsecondary institutions.
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce's report, Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, reviews options for using postsecondary and workforce data to improve transparency around higher education employment outcomes.
Higher Ed Groups Urge DeVos to Keep Up Data Collection ♦ Politico Morning Education
Data can help students succeed. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) show this in 14 recently released case studies, describing how higher education institutions are using student-level data to produce actionable information that improves student decision making and outcomes.