May 9, 2013
Three United States Senators, including one from Virginia, want students to know as much as they can about college before they pick one.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Ron Wyden from Oregon, and Marco Rubio of Florida have introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act.
The legislation would streamline existing institutional reporting requirements to give students and their families more tools to easily compare graduation rates, student loan debt, employment prospects and potential future earnings as they make decisions about higher education.
The information, which generally is already reported by colleges and universities to a variety of federal, state and other agencies, also will give policymakers the ability to better assess the effectiveness of various government-backed educational programs.
The legislation would direct the Secretary of Education to make the information available online in an easily accessible format. Individual privacy would be strictly maintained with safeguards to ensure that no personally identifiable information could ever be disclosed, and the system would be audited for data quality, validity and reliability.