The Ratings Plan

Assessing President Obama's far-reaching impact on higher education

Obama trumpeted importance of college-going and invested in students and institutions like no leader before him -- while demanding much in return and, sometimes, failing big, too.

Top Education Dept. official who worked on college ratings reflects on tenure

A chief architect of the Obama administration’s College Scorecard and its recent executive actions on accreditation reflects on her tenure at the Education Department.

Obama administration publishes new college earnings, loan repayment data

The Obama administration releases its revamped consumer tool -- in lieu of a college ratings system -- featuring data on postcollege earnings and how well students are repaying their loans.

Education Department signs $4 million college ratings contract, eyes a ratings appeals process

Education Department documents show money spent on college ratings as well as proposals to allow colleges to challenge and publicly annotate their data in the ratings.

Shortened timeline for ratings plan as community colleges air concerns

Education Department official gives earlier release date for college ratings while talking about quest for quality data and how to capture multiple student goals and outcomes.

Associations weigh in on how to gauge post-college outcomes

Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.

Arne Duncan talks about ratings and student debt in expansive interview

In expansive interview about higher ed, the education secretary differentiates about dangers of varying degrees of student debt and suggests colleges might be rated based on whether they improve or not.

Report calls for tougher federal standards for four-year colleges

An advocacy group's proposal for institutional accountability puts both for-profit colleges and elite research universities in the crosshairs. 

Beyond Obama ratings plan, higher education groups are divided over federal accountability

Higher ed leaders have been overwhelmingly skeptical of President Obama's plan to rate colleges. But they don't agree on whether and how the government should hold colleges accountable.

President Obama proposes to link student aid to new ratings of colleges

President proposes new system to evaluate colleges -- and plan to offer greater Pell Grants and more favorable loans to those who attend institutions with the best rankings.

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