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Congressman Paul Mitchell

Representing the 10th District of Michigan

The College Transparency Act

As a father of six, I am all too familiar with the struggle that comes with the college decision-making process for prospective students and their families.  Choosing whether to go to college, and how to pay for it, is one of the most important and costly decisions in a young person's life, made more difficult by all the uncertainties involved.

Currently, you can find more information about a washing machine you're thinking of buying than you can find about an educational major at a college or university. That's why I introduced the College Transparency Act, to help families make more informed college decisions.  

 

 

What does the College Transparency Act do?

The College Transparency Act would address the current shortcomings of higher education information by:

  • Ensuring students and families have access to accurate and complete information on student outcomes, such as completion and employment outcomes across colleges and majors;
  • Providing actionable and customizable information to students and families so they, rather than government agencies, can make responsible choices about higher education; and
  • Streamlining reporting burdens on institutes of higher education by prioritizing information most helpful to students and families as well as institutional improvement.

 

Resources

To view a one-pager of the College Transparency Act, click PDF iconhere

To read a section-by-section of the College Transparency Act, click PDF iconhere.

To read the College Transparency Act, click PDF iconhere.

To read FAQ click PDF iconhere. 

 

Endorsing Groups:

 

America Forward

• Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

• AccessLex Institute

• AccuRounds

• Achieve Atlanta

• Achieving the Dream

• Advance CTE

• AdvancED

• Alloy Engineering Co. Inc.

• American Association of Community Colleges

• AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

• Ann Majdic

• Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

• Aspen Insitute College Excellence Program

• Association for Career and Technical Education

• Association of Community College Trustees

• Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

• Association of Public Data Users

• Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board

• Birmingham Prosperity Partnership

• Board of Regents, State of Iowa

• Boston Centerless

• Bottom Line

• Build UP

• California Competes

• California EDGE Coalition

• California State Student Association (CSSA)

• Campaign for College Opportunity

• Center for American Progress

• Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

• Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

• Chicago Jobs Council

• Chiefs for Change

• Cobb Chamber of Commerce

• College Now Greater Cleveland

• Colorado Center on Law and Policy

• Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

• Complete College America, Inc.

• Connecticut Association for Human Services

• Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

• Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

• Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

• Custom Plastics and More

• CWA Southern California Council

• Dallas County Community College District

• District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

• Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc.

• ECPI University

• Edmit

• EducationQuest Foundation

• Employee of Choice Academy

• EmployIndy

• Excelencia in Education

• Fairfield-Suisun Adult School

• Field Crest Care Center

• Five Star Development, Inc.

• Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

• Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education

• Georgia Department of Education

• Georgia State University Student Government Association

• Global Resource Management Inc.

• Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

• Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership

• Greater Washington Community Foundation

• GW Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University

• HCM Strategists

• Higher Learning Advocates

• Holder Construction Company

• Indiana Institute for Working Families

• Institute for Higher Education Policy

• James Rutter, CEO RQECG Inc.

• Jersey City Literacy Program

• JEVS Human Services

• Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service

• Jewish Vocational Service, Boston

• JMPDX LLC

• Jobs For the Future

• JobTrain

• Kathryn Stege

• Knowledge Alliance

• LeaderQuest Holdings Inc.

• Learn4Life

• Lehman College of The City University of New York

• Louisiana State University

• Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition

• Marlen Perez

• MCCI Medical Group

• Metro Atlanta Chamber

• Muslim Student Association -West

• Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

• NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

• National Association for College Admission Counseling

• National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

• National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

• National Council for Adult Learning

• National Council for Workforce Education

• National Laboratory for Education Transformation

• National Skills Coalition

• Naugatuck Adult Education

• New America

• New Orleans Youth Alliance

• New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

• Nexus Research and Policy Center

• NOCTI

• Northwest WI Workforce Investment Board

• Nucleos-PortableCloud

• Office of Institutional Research & Planning, The Ohio State University

• Optimax Systems Inc.

• Orleans Technical College

• Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust

• Partnership for College Completion

• Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp.

• Policy Matters Ohio

• Policy Planning Partners

• Postsecondary Analytics

• Pretty Good Consulting, Inc.

• ProLiteracy

• Pryor Education Insights

• Public Insight Corporation

• Rebuilding America's Middle Class

• Results for America

• Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Center

• Richards Industries

• Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

• Scholarship America

• Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education

• Skills2Compete Colorado

• SkillWorks

• South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training (SAFEST)

• Southeast Ministry

• Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board

• Stephen L. DesJardins, Professor, University of Michigan

• StriveTogether

• Student Veterans of America

• TechBirmingham

• The Bell Policy Center

• The Education Trust

• The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)

• The Quality Assurance Commons

• The State University Of New York

• Third Way

• Towards Employment

• Transportation Learning Center

• TRC Staffing Services

• Tulsa Regional Chamber

• U.S. Chamber of Commerce

• uAspire

• United Way of Central Iowa

• United Way of Greater Atlanta

• Urban Alliance

• Veterans Education Success

• Virginia Community College System

• Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

• Western Nevada College Adult Literacy & Language

• WKBJ Foundation

• Women and Families Center-Open DOHR Employment Training

• Women Employed

• Workforce Career Readiness

• Workforce Data Quality Campaign

• Workforce Development Board of South Central WI, Inc.

• Workforce Partnership, local workforce board serving Kansas City, Kansas area

• Workforce Solutions Group

• World Education Services

• WSP USA

• Wyoming Machine, Inc.

• Young Invincibles

 

 

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