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US Dept of Education and White House Host Education Datapalooza

Last August, President Obama outlined his policy agenda for higher education. The plan called for new ways to address rising college costs by making more data on the performance of higher education institutions available, developing new methods to improve education and lower costs, and reducing regulatory obstacles for colleges and universities so they can find their own methods to increase affordability and access. One major component of the President’s plan is to bring together private-sector technology innovators and higher education experts to find innovative ways to bring data and information to students.

On January 15, the Department of Education and the White House hosted an Education “Datapalooza” to showcase apps, tools, and services developed for students to understand college costs and information. The technology highlighted used freely available government data, such as FAFSA completion data and avenues for obtaining Federal aid, provided by the Department of Education and other Federal sources. The Datapalooza emphasized the manner in which technology can be used to bring valuable data to students and parents in order to best assist the student in finding the right college as well as ways to overcome the potential obstacle of rising college costs. The technology emphasized web-based programs, services, and Application Program Interfaces (APIs), bringing higher education data and resources straight to the hands of the next generation of students.

More on the Datapalooza can be found here.

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