A presidentially-appointed commission on educational reform recently met in Indianapolis to discuss the pros and cons of establishing a national organization to evaluate and rate colleges and universities, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 19-member commission also discussed proposals regarding standardized testing and a national database to track student progress.
Commission members sympathized with college officials’ complaints about the flaws in commercially published college rankings. However, they also said that colleges themselves were not doing enough to provide students with accurate information about the quality and cost of their educational programs.
One of the ideas under discussion was the creation of a public database that would allow users to find and compare data on various schools’ costs, enrollment levels, graduation rates, and student performance.