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Marco Rubio, Mark Warner, Ron Wyden Team Up on Higher Education Transparency Bill

November 30, 2017 - 9:00am
Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio and Mark Warner
Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio and Mark Warner

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is teaming up with two Senate Democrats to offer a proposal offering more transparency on the costs of higher education.

On Thursday, Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oreg., to showcase the “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act.” The proposal would ensure potential college students are provided data about colleges and universities including graduation rates, costs, debts associated with attending the school and expected salaries of graduates. Rubio and Wyden have championed similar proposals before in the Senate. The bill also ensures privacy protection measures for colleges and universities sharing the data. 
 
“A college education is one of the most important investments that many students and families will make in their lifetime,” Rubio said. “Students could benefit from a comprehensive system detailing the projected costs and financial outcomes of the school and area of study the student is planning to pursue – before they take out thousands of dollars in student loans. The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act could help American families make better informed and more cost-effective higher education decisions.”
 
“Deciding where to go to college shouldn’t be based on guesswork,” Wyden said. “The Know Before You Go Act puts the power back in students’ and families’ hands by giving them the opportunity to make the best possible choices for themselves about where to spend their hard-earned dollars. Our updated, bipartisan bill empowers students and families without forcing tradeoffs that sacrifice individual privacy or data security.”
 
“For college-bound students, choosing where to enroll and what to study are critical choices. Yet students and their families don’t have access to all the information they need to know whether they are making a smart investment,” Warner said. “Students’ choices of school and program have a host of real-world implications, including on their earning potential, likelihood to graduate, and accumulated student loan debt. This legislation does more to protect student privacy, while making meaningful, contextualized information readily accessible to students as they make key decisions about their futures.”

The senators noted that currently information provided to prospective students in the admissions process often only focuses on parts of the data, including focusing on fulltime first-time freshmen instead of non-traditional students. 

A group of congressmen unveiled a similar proposal in the U.S. House on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is the chief sponsor of the House bill with U.S. Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., as cosponsors. 

 


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One would think that these three obfuscatory pettifoggers would serve their college student constituency (and their parents) BETTER by investigating, and "nailing down" questionable tuition methods employed by "higher education Administrations" to fund not only academic instruction, but seemingly more importantly, "football" and "land acquisition", etc. having very little to do with "higher education"! Students and Parents are ALREADY AWARE of the COSTS of "higher" education and their EVER INCREASING LEVELS, for no apparent reason in most instances...

This information is all available to potential students and it is their duty to do their due diligence on the cost of their education. If anything, there should be a bill that enforces educating students and parents at the middle school level to start looking at cost of attendance

Sen. Rubio is absolutely correct. In fact his campaign pledge of a cut to 25% was spot on. We have full employment. We also have a market at all time highs. We don't need such a deep cut. This growth period will end,as they always do. The time for a deeper cut will come in the next recession along with FED rate cuts, provided they get to somewhere near normal rates by then.They very well may not, making "dry powder" for future tax cuts all that more important. We do need more competitive rates and a cut to 25% would've sufficed at this time.The cut to 20% should've come when the economy slows again. Instead we'll create another stock market bubble and go through another bust. Foolish.

Sen. Rubion is absolutely correct. In fact his campaign pledge of a cut to 25% was spot on. We have full employment. We also have a market at all time highs. We don't need such a deep cut. This growth period will end,as they always do. The time for a deeper cut will come in the next recession along with FED rate cuts, provided they get to somewhere near normal rates by then.They very well may not, making "dry powder" for future tax cuts all that more important. We do need more competitive rates and a cut to 25% would've sufficed at this time.The cut to 20% should've come when the economy slows again. Instead we'll create another stock market bubble and go through another bust. Foolish.

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