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Round-up: Senators Propose Comprehensive Collection of College Student Data

May 16, 2017

A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a major overhaul of the way the federal government collects data on college students, setting the stage for a showdown over how to balance student privacy with a growing interest in measuring college outcomes.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Bill Cassidy (R., La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.)—all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee—on Monday introduced legislation that would overturn a decade-old ban on collecting individual student data that track enrollment, completion and graduate success.
The bill, the College Transparency Act, calls for the creation of a secure data system within the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and would allow the center to gather information from different federal agencies for a single, user-friendly system. It would also take into account transfer and part-time students.  Advocates say such granular data would help families and lawmakers make more informed decisions about which schools and even majors prepare students for successful careers.
Below is today’s coverage of the announcement of the legislation:
Senators Propose Comprehensive Collection of College Student Data
Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017
Federal Lawmakers Begin New Push for Student-Outcomes Data
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2017
Push for 'Unit Records' Revived
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017


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