What if higher education leaders had access to comparable and consistent data about cost as well as quality to support their efforts to continually improve the higher education experience for their students? What if state and federal policy makers had information to gauge how taxpayer dollars were being spent and with what impact on student outcomes? Our goal is a national data strategy that ensures consistent and transparent collection and reporting of key performance metrics to enable students, families, institutions and policymakers to make informed decisions about the value of different postsecondary experiences.
Students and their families need clear and timely information about how much college will cost, how long it will take to graduate, and how well a degree will prepare students for the job market, and enable them to pay back their loans. Colleges and universities themselves need real-time data to identify whether their students are on track toward success, and to deploy just-in-time teaching and support strategies that enable students to learn their way toward meaningful credentials that employers recognize as valuable in the workplace.
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The Institute for Higher Education Policy’s (IHEP) Postsecondary Data Collaborative, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that advocates for high-quality postsecondary data, released designed to inform state and federal data policy conversations.
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