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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Explore Strengths and Weaknesses of Federal Higher Education Data

On Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled, “Assessing College Data: Helping to Provide Valuable Information to Students, Institutions, and Taxpayers.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In an effort to improve transparency, the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act increased institutions’ collection and submission of data to the federal government. This data covers a wide range of topics, from tuition and financial aid distribution to student demographics and graduation rates. While there is widespread agreement that taxpayers and students benefit from increased information about the higher education investment, some have expressed concerns that the data collection process imposes a significant and costly burden on institutions.

As Congress begins preliminary discussions on the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Thursday’s hearing will provide an opportunity to review the data currently collected by the federal government and examine whether it is helpful to students, institutions, and taxpayers. For more information about the hearing, visit


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Mr. Mark Schneider
Vice President, Education, Human Development and the Workforce
American Institutes for Research
Washington, D.C.

Dr. James Hallmark
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The Texas A&M University System
College Station, TX

Mr. José Cruz
Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice
The Education Trust
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons
Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA