US Department of Education further scales back plan for rating colleges

June 26, 2015

The US Department of Education is moving away from its controversial plan to create a national college-ratings system. Academic researchers, college leaders, and Congress have expressed concerns about the system, with the latter introducing measures to prevent the department from spending money developing it. Instead, the department will introduce a “consumer-oriented” website by the end of the summer, that will allow students to compare colleges “on whatever measures are important to them.” In a blog post on the department’s website, Jamienne Studley, the Deputy Under Secretary for Education, wrote that they look forward to “continuing to work with the community to make sure that we all are helping to make affordable, high-quality higher education a reality for everyone.” Chronicle of Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed | Wall Street Journal | Department of Education