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Three Metrics I Didn’t Have During My College Search, But I’m Glad Students Now Do

The college search process is a pivotal point in a student’s college journey, and often an unnecessarily challenging one. Across the country, data on higher education outcomes is limited. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard is designed to facilitate the type of comparisons I craved in my college search 8 years ago. The latest refresh includes the reinstatement and addition of several metrics, many of which were recommended by the Postsecondary Data Collaborative, that offer critical insights on the strength of students’ career outcomes.  

Letters and Comments

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PostsecData Addresses Proposed Changes from the Department of Education for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This letter addresses proposed changes from the Department of Education for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The proposal would eliminate the collection of any information on applicants' sex or gender, removing a key source of information about sex- and gender-based inequities in higher education access and outcomes, and generating data inconsistency and quality issues. In addition, ED is proposing a separate form for incarcerated students that is identical to the existing form—PostsecData recommends that ED either eliminate the use of a separate form or develop a tailored approach to gathering information about incarcerated students that is designed with their specific needs and experiences in mind.

Resources and Reports

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