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Colleges Advised to be More Transparent with Key Data on Outcomes

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 18, 2016

In order to demonstrate what they are doing for students, colleges and universities must be willing to let data tell their story and stop perpetuating the faulty notion that charging a hefty tuition necessarily means students are getting a better education.

Doug Shapiro, executive research director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center—a nonprofit that tracks student outcomes for secondary and postsecondary schools that subscribe to the service—said the appeal to colleges and universities has to be how data can help them get better at what they do.

He said the National Student Clearinghouse could help to form a broader data education system because it is already entrusted by institutions of higher education to do work in the data collection realm.

It can be done today without new systems or regulations,” Shapiro said. Read more>

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