Noticed the #CollegeScorecard is getting renewed attention http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/higher-education/report/2012/12/03/46306/improving-the-college-scorecard/, which reminded me of a post I wrote in February. This Scorecard is not the answer for prospective students. #highered #college


Last week a colleague (the ever-politically-aware Kai Swanson) sent me the link to the draft of the Obama Administration’s “College Scorecard,” which they propose be housed within the College Affordability and Transparency Center.

The purpose of the College Scorecard is described below:

“The Administration is planning to add a new tool to the College Affordability and Transparency Center that would assist prospective students and their families in comparing colleges before they choose using key measures of college affordability and value. The purpose of the tool is to make it easier for students and their families to identify and choose high-quality, affordable colleges that provide good value.”   (White House)

The five areas the administration seems to care about (since they are the only ones listed) are:

  1. What will it cost me to attend?
  2. Will I graduate in four years?
  3. Will I be able to repay my student loans?

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