U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced legislation that would provide college-bound students powerful new tools for comparing colleges and universities on measures such as total cost, likelihood of graduating, and potential earnings.
“The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” would, for the first time, make publicly available key facts for each college and university, including earnings data for graduates, graduation rates for non-traditional students, transfer rates, frequency with which graduates go on to pursue higher levels of education, and debt levels.
Under the bill, this information would be made available online in an easily accessible format. Individual privacy would be strictly maintained with safeguards to ensure that no personally identifiable information could ever be disclosed. The system would also be subject to audits to ensure data quality, validity and reliability.
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