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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.  

 

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What does the College Transparency Act do?

The College Transparency Act of 2017 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 here.

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

To read the College Transparency Act of 2017, click here.

To read FAQ click here. 

Endorsements

  • AccessLex Institute
  • Achieve Atlanta
  • Achieving the Dream
  • Advance CTE
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
  • Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
  • Associated Students of Michigan State University
  • Association of Big 10 Students
  • Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
  • Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • Association of Public Data Users
  • Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board
  • Bottom Line
  • Business Roundtable (BRT)
  • California EDGE Coalition
  • Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • Colorado Center on Law and Policy
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • Data Quality Campaign
  • Democrats for Education Reform
  • Excelencia in Education
  • Five State Development, Inc.
  • Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Georgia Department of Education
  • Global Resource Management, Inc. (GRMI)
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Holder Construction Company
  • Indiana Institute for Working Families
  • Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
  • Knowledge Alliance
  • Learn4Life
  • Lehman College of The City University of New York
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
  • MCCI Medication Group
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Michigan Association of State Universities
  • Michigan Works! Association
  • Michigan Technological University
  • NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute
  • National Skills Coalition
  • New America
  • New Growth Group, LLC
  • New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP)
  • Nexus Research and Policy Center
  • Partners for a Competitive Workforce
  • Policy Matters Ohio
  • Postsecondary Analytics
  • Public Insight Corporation
  • Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC) a Coalition of Community Colleges
  • Scholarship America
  • Skills2Compete Colorado
  • SkillsWorks
  • Software Information Industry Association (SIAA)
  • Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board
  • St. Clair Community College
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA)
  • The Bell Policy Center
  • The Education Trust
  • The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS)
  • The Ohio State University
  • The State University of New York
  • Third Way
  • Towards Employment
  • uAspire
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Veterans Education Success (VES)
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Workforce Data Quality Campaign
  • Workforce Solutions Group
  • WSP USA
  • Young Invincibles 

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