Why Feds must improve higher-ed information sharing

Senator says government should “cut required information down to size” and then enable others to “make it useful”

information-HEDU.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on May 6 said that the government has done a better job of collecting information from colleges and universities than it has in sharing that information with students, and suggested that the federal government should enable its dissemination, rather than try to do it itself.

“How do we encourage the dissemination of this information in useful ways? Our temptation often is, ‘well here’s a problem, we’ll fix it.’ And we don’t fix that kind of thing very well. So how do we cut the required information down to size, and how do we enable others to take this information and make it useful?”

May 6 was the Senate education committee’s second hearing this Congress on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

(Next page: Sen. Alexander’s full remarks)

Laura Ascione