Data gathered about students should represent the full spectrum of today’s students, not just first-time, full-time enrollees. Policymakers and students need actionable, useful information to make smart decisions about post-high school learning.
Students need clear information to make good choices about programs and costs, including the likelihood of success of other students who are like them. The current data, centered on a small subset of students, do not allow for such projections.
Policymakers need to be able to assess institutional and programmatic success for the entire student population to make smart policy choices for today’s students.