Reactions To Obama’s College Rating System Are Mixed

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  • With college costs so high, it's apparent that something has to be done to make higher education affordable for all Americans. This has been one of President Barack Obama's main education goals, and he believes that a new college rating system could help. Unfortunately, not everyone is as optimistic as Obama.
  • Obama spoke about his intention to establish a new college rating system during a town hall at Binghamton University Aug. 23, 2013. Obama explained that the ratings would tell prospective students how good of a job colleges are doing at providing value and opportunity.
  • The plan, which would ensure that the new rating system is in place by the start of the 2015 academic year, is designed to help students in more ways than just providing them with additional information on schools. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the ratings could mean changes for federal aid programs. There is the potential for institutions that earn high ratings to also receive more affordable student loans and larger Pell Grants. However, despite Obama's good intentions, reactions to the college rating system have been mixed.
  • Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland at College Park, was among the leaders who supported the new ratings. With college rankings and the proposed ratings at their disposal, Loh told the Post that prospective students and their families will be able to become more informed consumers." I applaud President Obama for his vision and courage," Loh said. "The rating system may be imperfect, but the impact of the message he sends is huge. There has to be more accountability and affordability in higher education."
  • Meanwhile, Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University, told the Post that he had concerns about the college ratings. In Daniels' opinion, any system that is established could assume that all families care about the same qualities in a school – something that is simply not true. "Transparent, easy-to-access information is what they need, not a 'one-size-fits-all' rating system," Daniels said.

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