The country’s higher-education data systems are outdated and unable to help students, colleges, and policy makers answer some of their most pressing questions. That’s the premise of a new paper from the Institute for Higher Education Policy that suggests improvements.
The paper, “Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain: Problems and Possibilities,” was released on Thursday as part of the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery” project. The institute, known as IHEP, is part of the project’s consortium on simplification and transparency.
The College Board, which is part of the same group, released its paper, which focused on simplification, last week. IHEP’s paper and one forthcoming from the New America Foundation offer different approaches to enhancing transparency. <Read more.>