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College Transparency Act Surpasses 100 Bipartisan House Cosponsors as Lead Sponsors Hail Growing Support

October 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Representatives Paul Mitchell, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Josh Harder announced today that more than 100 Members of Congress have now cosponsored the bipartisan College Transparency Act (H.R. 1766). Today’s announcement demonstrates the overwhelming support for this legislation as member in both chambers continue their work to reform and reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

“I’m thrilled to see bipartisan, bicameral excitement for the College Transparency Act continue to grow, with more than 100 members of the House and 27 members of the Senate now calling for increased transparency and accountability in higher education,” said Rep. Mitchell (R-MI). “One can find more information these days on the reliability of a washing machine than one can about the likelihood of attaining a degree resulting in a meaningful career. We must pass the College Transparency Act and ensure students are able to access accurate and comprehensive information about graduation and employment rates by major or credential level, allowing them to make informed decisions about the investment in their futures.”

“We are in the middle of a really exciting grassroots movement,” said Rep. Krishnamoorthi (IL-08). “The support for the College Transparency Act continues to grow exponentially, both in Congress and across the nation, because American students and their families want access to better data to know which programs will put them on a path to a successful career. With over 100 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, 27 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, and endorsements from nearly 200 organizations, it is clear that there is robust support for strengthening transparency and accountability in higher education by passing the College Transparency Act.”

“If you’re getting into tens of thousands of dollars of debt to go to college, you have a right to know whether you’ll be able to find a job when you’re done,” said Rep. Harder (CA-10). “Years ago, Congress decided it should be illegal to collect this information – that doesn’t make any sense and we’re doing something about it. This is a reasonable, bipartisan proposal that will pass the House. Students and parents deserve to know what they are paying for. I’m proud to lead on this and hope we can get it across the finish line.” 

The current college reporting system is incomplete, duplicative, inefficient, and burdensome.  Current law prohibits the federal government from collecting and reporting accurate data on student outcomes, which leaves millions of American families in the position of making a huge investment in their children’s future without understanding the return on investment.

The College Transparency Act closes significant gaps in college data reporting by establishing a privacy-protected postsecondary data system at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Specifically, this new system will collect and report on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college success to help prospective students determine which programs of study match their interests and career aspirations. Unlike under the current data reporting system, this data must be disaggregated by factors including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, and veteran’s status. NCES would be responsible for securely storing student information, working with relevant federal agencies to generate post-college outcomes reports, and presenting the summary information on a user-friendly website for students and families. 

To view a one-page summary of the legislation, click here.

There are currently 104 (43 R, 61 D) House sponsors and cosponsors of the College Transparency Act- Republicans: Bacon (NE), Banks (IN), Bergman (MI), Budd (NC), Brooks (AL), Chabot (OH), Conaway (TX), Curtis (UT), Collins (GA), Cook (CA), Dunn (FL), Ferguson (GA), Fitzpatrick (PA), Gallagher (WI), Graves (GA), Graves (LA), Hagedorn (MN), Hern (OK), Hollingsworth (IN), LaHood (IL), Lesko (AZ), Marchant (TX), Marshall (KS), Mitchell (MI), Moolenaar (MI), Reed (NY), Reschenthaler (PA), Riggleman (VA), Rutherford (FL), Scott (GA), Sensenbrenner (WI), Smucker (PA) Stauber (MN), Stefanik (NY), Upton (MI), Waltz (FL), Walorkski (IN), Watkins (KS), Weber (PA), Wittman (VA). Democrats: Allred (TX), Bera (CA), Blunt Rochester (DE), Bonamici (OR), Boyle (PA), Butterfield (NC), Carbajal (CA), Carson (IN), Casten (IL), Cleaver (MO), Crist (FL), Cuellar (TX), Dean (PA), DeSaulnier (CA), Dingell (MI), Escobar (TX), Espaillat (NY), Evans (PA), Frankel (FL), Garamendi (CA), Garcia (IL), Gottheimer (NJ), Harder (CA), Hayes (CT), Hill (CA), Kim (NJ), Kind (WI), Krishnamoorthi (IL), Kuster (NH), Lamb (PA), Lawrence (MI), Lewis (GA), Luria (VA), McBath (GA), Meeks (NY), Neguse (CO), O’Halleran (AZ), Panetta (CA), Peters (CA), Porter (CA), Rose (NY), Rouda (CA), Sablan (MP), Schrader (OR), Scanlon (PA), Slotkin (MI), Soto (FL), Spanberger (VA), Stanton (AZ), Suozzi (NY), Takano (CA), Thompson (CA), Tlaib (MI), Torres Small (NM), Trahan (MA), Trone (MD), Vargas (CA)

Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a companion bill which has now garnered the support of more than one quarter of the U.S. Senate.