Senator Lamar Alexander, the GOP chairman of the Senate education committee, signed on last week as a co-sponsor of the College Transparency Act, legislation that would remove the federal ban on a student-level data system.
Proponents argue passing the bill is critical to tracking college outcomes that have come under increasing scrutiny from policy makers. The legislation has support from more than a quarter of the Senate, but Alexander is likely the most significant co-sponsor so far.
The College Transparency Act is a top priority for public colleges as well as business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Last week, Alexander released legislation that would narrowly update the Higher Education Act. Alexander’s bill, the Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019, included several bipartisan higher ed proposals but not the College Transparency Act. Democrats, however, have said they have no interest in passing legislation that isn’t a comprehensive HEA reauthorization.