Bobby Scott, Maxine Waters, and Mark Takano Have Questions for Betsy DeVos on Changes to the College Scorecard
The Department of Education in September changed the College Scorecard -- an online tool for consumers to compare the cost and value of higher education institutions in the U.S. -- by removing a metric that allowed consumers to compare schools’ academic and financial outcomes to the national median, which allowed students and parents to make sense of the data. In response, Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Tim Walz (D-MN), with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the department to reverse its changes to the College Scorecard. The members also want information on why the Department made these changes to the College Scorecard, as well as its plan for mitigating the effect of these changes on other agencies; The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rely on the comparative data to support and protect students. “Comparative, contextualized information is extremely important for students,” they wrote. “A significant body of research indicates that when consumers are presented with comparable information, they are better able to glean critical insights from the information and more likely to make decisions on the basis of those data. We strongly urge the Department to reverse its recent update and restore context that helps students evaluate the information and make well-informed decisions about college.” Read the letter here.