Data in Higher Education
Meaningful, accurate data is essential to improving outcomes in higher education.
We need stronger data to empower students, families, institutions, and policymakers to make well-informed choices. Today, federal law prohibits the federal government from collecting and reporting accurate data on student outcomes nationwide.
Full transparency on how colleges are serving students, including disaggregated data on outcomes for students of different backgrounds, is necessary to help students succeed. Today, we can’t accurately answer basic questions about students’ outcomes, such as how completion rates vary by race and income and which students go on to succeed in the workforce. To answer these questions, we support policy development, coalition-building, and outreach to build a national privacy-protected, student-level data network. We work to improve improve existing data quality, ensuring students, families, policymakers, and other stakeholders have access to the data they need to make smart decisions.