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Accountability & Transparency
Policy Priority: Promote and Improve Meaningful Accountability and Consumer Awareness
Through the PostsecData Collaborative, IHEP is leading efforts to improve postsecondary education data quality and use. For example, in May 2016, IHEP collaborated with partners to publish 11 policy papers on Envisioning the National Postsecondary Infrastructure in the 21st Century – the largest effort to date aimed at improving national postsecondary data systems. Explore the policy recommendations here.
To promote positive student outcomes and good stewardship of public dollars, we must hold institutions accountable for college access, affordability, and student success. The need for greater accountability and transparency has been fueled by recent debates over the value of a college education. While many in the postsecondary community can affirm the importance of a college degree or credential, those benefits are not always as apparent to students, families, employers, and the general public.
To promote student success and protect the public investment in postsecondary education, IHEP works to:
- Encourage postsecondary and civic leaders to better articulate goals and strategies for underrepresented students’ success, and use tools for measuring the return on investment for these students, their families, employers, and the public
- Develop and promote a core set of questions—and accompanying data points and sources—needed to inform postsecondary education for consumer, accountability, and improvement purposes
- Develop and enhance metrics and tools that will help identify gaps in institutional capacity to deliver high-quality educational experiences and offer transparent pathways for students; provide opportunities for statewide and institutional improvement; and ensure better analytics of the best practices and policies for scaling and replication
- Advance broad-scale strategies and initiatives designed to improve teaching, learning, and success outcomes for students