Federal postsecondary education policy focuses too much on institutional concerns such as compliance, but neglects the important values of quality and outcomes. This undermines the ability of providers to innovate and address systemic problems that keep far too many students from completing and finding success in the workforce. Federal policy needs to be updated to focus on quality and student outcomes, including completion, employment, equity, and value.
Put Students First
Enhance program and institutional accountability to improve student outcomes and success by maintaining floor-level accountability and integrating new metrics, including program level repayment.
Strengthen Current Systems
Reform the contract the federal government has with other oversight bodies, including states and accreditors, to place a greater focus on student outcomes over compliance.
Focus Accreditors on Outcomes
Expect accreditors to prioritize student outcomes and create a more transparent, agile and responsive accreditation system by allowing for differentiation, setting standards, and requiring transparency.
Count All Students
Improve data systems to reflect all of today’s students and provide information about the value of a prospective student’s education.
Implement a consumer friendly, easy-to-use system for students and their families to navigate postsecondary education choices.