Support grows for public availability of student employment outcomes

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

There is an increased call for support of bipartisan legislation authorizing the federal government to release information regarding employment outcomes for students graduating from higher educational institutions, with supporters saying the data could help students and parents in the college selection process, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The “College Transportation Act” would reduce regulations on colleges and universities, enabling them to more easily submit information — and while its passage as seen as unlikely without a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, supporters say it is a matter of time before this bill or a similar one passes. Critics of the bill are concerned with privacy matters, arguing that the legislation would constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, with an association representing private colleges saying it releases data without students’ permission — though supporters of the bill say the legislation mandates strict data protocols.

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