Comment on FR Doc # N/A
This is a Comment on the Department of Education (ED) Notice: Request for Information To Gather Technical Expertise Pertaining to Data Elements, Metrics, Data Collection, Weighting, Scoring, and Presentation of a Postsecondary Institution Ratings System
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The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) appreciates the Obama Administration's continued dedication to students and promoting college affordability. Community colleges are leaders in offering access to higher education to millions of students each year at an affordable cost. ACCT remains committed to increasing student success and has taken steps along with our partners in the sector to improve student success measures and degree and certificate completion rates.
ACCT supports the goal of providing all students and families with pertinent and accurate information regarding institutional value based on sector. However, we also recognize that there will be significant complexities in implementing this system based on currently available information. Using data currently collected by the Department and other federal agencies, and in recognition of the highly varying levels of state support, it would be nearly impossible to develop an accurate assessment of institutional “value” today. A renewed focus on providing consumers with more useful data than what are presently available is highly desirable. This includes the necessary repeal of the federal ban on a student unit record system that would collect anonymous, student-level information that could be used to generate reports and analyses at the programmatic or institutional levels.
From a consumer prospective, it is also important to remember that the vast majority of prospective community college students do not have the luxury or privilege of selecting various institutions to attend – much less one out of state – but instead are searching for affordable, high-quality, and specific programs of study near their home and work. We hope that the Administration, which has been a strong supporter of community colleges, will remain mindful of the diverse array of higher education institutions and the students they serve. Access to affordable, quality higher education is fundamental to the community college model and remains a primary priority for ACCT and our member colleges.
Our attached comments provide more information on our suggestions.
Thank you for the opportunity to share these thoughts regarding the college ratings proposal. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Jee Hang Lee, ACCT Vice President for Public Policy and External Relations at (202) 775-4450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with the Administration to further refine future iterations of the ratings system.
J. Noah Brown
ACCT President and CEO
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Jan 31 2014, at 11:59 PM ET
Tracking Number: 1jy-8a6n-n1i5
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Date Posted: Feb 6, 2014
Submitter Name: Bryce McKibben
Country: United States
State or Province: DC
Organization Name: Association of Community College Trustees