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Collection of Articles on Dept. of Ed Ratings Framework

Multiple Sources
December 19, 2014

Please find below a collection of articles on the release of the college ratings framework for the Department of Education's alphabetized by source.

Oberlin College was right to not suspend failing grades because students were protesting: Readers react

Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer - Opinion Piece
December 19, 2014

Actions have consequences, said many readers in support of Oberlin College's refusal to suspend failing grades this semester despite requests for relief from students who skipped classes and missed study time to protest recent deaths at the hands of police across the nation.

Senate Banking Chair Urges Student Loan Reform

Credit Union Times
December 19, 2014

Senate Banking Committee Chair Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) is concerned about the economic impact of student loans on borrowers and their families and has called several government agencies to take coordinated action to address those issues, especially loan servicing and debt collection.

The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

December 19, 2014

"The most important things about what we do are not a part of this rating system," Randolph President Bradley says. "For the federal government to set themselves up as the arbiters of what quality higher education is, it is ridiculous and it should be resisted."

How the College-Ratings Plan Came About

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 19, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education created a timeline of President Obama's college ratings proposal.

What About Learning?

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 19, 2014

Carol Geary Schneider and Daniel F. Sullivan write: Regardless of whether one judges the proposed ratings data to be clarifying or misleading, the fact remains that the most important outcome of higher education — the impact a college or university has on student learning outcomes — is completely missing from the federal ratings framework.

The Walking Dead in Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 19, 2014

Geoff Irvine writes: Today, leaders of colleges and universities across the board, regardless of size or focus, are struggling to meaningfully demonstrate the true value of their institution for students, educators and the greater community because they can't really prove that students are learning.

Behind the Ratings

Inside Higher Ed
December 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education published just a handful of pages of information, much of which underscores what officials have been saying publicly for months. There are, however, some new details about how the administration plans to approach the ratings. And the department released an expanded version on Friday.

Why Comparing Lots of Colleges Might Not Help as Many Students as You’d Think

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 19, 2014

For many students, the set of choices is not the thousands of colleges sprinkled across the country or the name brands clustered at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. It’s the contained, sometimes even sparse, group of colleges within a reasonable radius of home.

Should the Government Rate Our Colleges?

Politico - Opinion Piece
December 18, 2014

Robert Kelchen writes: Once the draft ratings are released, we’re sure to hear more criticism about the methodological choices and the politics of holding colleges accountable for factors that are at least partially beyond their control. Regardless of what the final ratings look like, it’s unlikely that they will be tied to federal financial aid funding in 2018—conveniently after the Obama administration leaves office—due to concerns about the federal role of education and the fairness of the measures.

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