As awareness grows about the practices of predatory colleges — along with the understanding that students must graduate in order to benefit from their investment of time and tuition dollars — higher education policy is at a pivot point.
Right now, the U.S. Department of Education is holding negotiated rulemaking, where it sets the rules for how federal student aid is disbursed. These rules affect how schools can or can’t access aid, and why. Last year, the federal government disbursed $29.6 billion in grant money — this is not an insignificant sum.
In an interview with AV Communications Manager David Hebert, AV’s Director of Higher Education Kelly McManus explains each of these issues and the role of data, as the College Transparency Act, which proposes the creation of a secure, national network of data for students, schools, and employers to use, passed as an amendment in the House and moves to the Senate.