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Provide Input on Proposed Federal "College Scorecard"

In the “Blueprint for College Affordability” released with the 2012 State of the Union address, the Obama Administration proposed establishing “a College Scorecard for all degree-granting institutions” which would present key information on “college costs, graduation rates, and potential earnings” in a way that would help “students and families choose a college that is well suited to their needs, priced affordably and consistent with their career and educational goals.” The White House has now requested public input on a draft scorecard to inform this effort.

EDUCAUSE members may find this project particularly interesting given the degree to which it most likely will draw on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), U.S. Department of Labor workforce survey information, and potentially statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs) that integrate K-12, postsecondary, and workforce data at the state level. While all of those information sources may not be aligned to the extent necessary to populate the College Scorecard as currently proposed, its draft structure may provide clues as to where federal education data policy and efforts are likely to move during a possible second Obama Administration.