Commentary: Congress Needs to Lift Restrictions on Collecting College Student Data
Alison Griffin and James Kvaal, The Washington Post
In the past month, nearly 3 million students graduating from college this year walked across the stage to collect a diploma and a handshake. But millions more students lacked some of the data that might help guide them through one of the most important investment of their lives.
In large part, students don't have information on things like graduation rates or graduate earnings because federal law imposes severe restrictions on the U.S. Department of Education's ability to collect student-level information. This needs to change if we want to help students make smarter, more strategic choices for educational and economic success.