We want to hear from you! We need your ideas and suggestions about how to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families.
As part of an effort to gather public input about these proposals, and in particular the development of a college ratings system, the Department has scheduled four open forums around the country. At each open forum, a senior Administration official will be present to introduce the themes and key questions about the college value and affordability agenda and to receive feedback about the development of a college ratings system. Forum participants are welcome to share their views on measuring value and affordability, and in particular on the metrics and weighting of the ratings system.
The open forums will be held:
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013
California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles, CA)
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
George Mason University Open Forum
Location: Johnson Center Cinema, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030
- Friday, November 15, 2013
University of Northern Iowa Open Forum
Location: Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall, 2601 Minnesota St., Cedar Falls, IA 50614
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Louisiana State University Open Forum
Location: Lod Cook Alumni Center, Noland/Laborde Ballroom, 3838 West Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Further details will be available here as they become available.
All forums are open to the public and transcripts of the open forums will be made available to the public on this page.
A New College Ratings System: Areas of Feedback
President Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Education to develop and publish a new college ratings system that would be available for students and families before the 2015-16 school year. The ratings system will help students compare the value offered by colleges and encourage colleges to improve.
At our open forums, we will seek input to help us develop the ratings system. We are particularly interested in hearing from the public on the following topic areas:
- The characteristics individuals look for when choosing a college.
- The information individuals must have to compare colleges.
- The important factors to think about when considering the «value» of a college.
- The ways that individuals weigh college price, quality, geography, program of study, or other factors when comparing colleges.
- How individuals make a distinction between a high-performing college and a low-performing college.