Transparency, Accountability, and Trump

This morning, the Department of Education released thousands of previously unavailable outcomes records for students in career-oriented post-secondary education programs. We can now see, for a subset of schools, the earnings of graduates by the major and school a student attends. This is critical information given that prospective students list top reasons they go to college as improving their employment opportunities and making more money. The general public also has an interest in the return on investment for these programs, given that states and the federal government spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year to help students attend postsecondary programs. The big problem with this information? We still don’t have it for all students.

 

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