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Virginia College Presidents Come Out Against Obama’s Ratings System


The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 28, 2014.

Citing three broad concerns, 50 private- and public-college presidents in Virginia have signed a letter objecting to President Obama’s proposed college-ratings system. The objections are well worn in a debate that has raged for nearly a year. They are:

  1. The ratings system will discourage institutions from enrolling low-income and part-time students.
  2. The proposal places too much emphasis on graduates’ earnings.
  3. Existing data measuring graduation rates are flawed and unfit to be used in the ratings system.

The presidents also urge that the focus be on “clarifying and simplifying the presentation of already available data,” not attempting to design a new one.

A draft plan of the ratings system is expected this fall.