Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings -JOSH LEDERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama’s own administration. No longer does the federal government intend to use a formula to score schools based on factors like price, average student debt and graduation rates, as Obama had envisioned. Instead, the new tool will allow prospective students to decide which factors are important to them, then draw their own conclusions from the statistics. But officials couldn’t point to any new statistics the tool will offer that aren’t already available through existing government websites. http://lubbockonline.com/national-news/2015-07-03/how-obama-reversed-course-federal-college-ratings

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