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This Week in Student Privacy: 6/30

Obama Administration Further Dials Back College Rating Plan

In a recent blog post, the U.S. Department of Education stated that the President’s effort to “rate colleges based on affordability and quality” “will be more about making information available to the public to allow students and parents to make better informed decisions as opposed to placing the White House’s judgment on which schools are good and which aren't.” In the blog post, Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Jamienne Studley said that “[w]hile no single measure is perfect, and many important elements of education cannot be captured by quantitative metrics, cultivating and releasing data about performance drives the conversation forward to make sure colleges are focused on access, affordability and students’ outcomes.” She adds that “[b]y providing a wealth of data – including many important metrics that have not been published before – students and families can make informed comparisons and choices based on the criteria most important to them.” For more: Wall Street Journal and



This update was compiled by Jeremiah Milbauer, with help from Paulina Haduong and Hannah Offer. Jeremiah is a rising freshman at the University of Chicago and an intern for the Student Privacy Initiative. Hannah is a rising freshman at Yale University.

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