SXSWedu 2015

Tough Love: Minimum Quality Standards for Colleges


$180 billion in the form of federal student aid and tax benefits is given to U.S. colleges annually. Yet, when the checks are cut, performance on access, completion, and post-enrollment success essentially doesn't matter. Ed Trust experts will discuss how students and taxpayers can be protected from failing institutions, how the federal government can use its existing resources to improve performance and how to use our interactive tool, College Results Online, to see which schools are up to par.

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  1. Participants will learn more about the lack of higher education standards and why they are needed in return for taxpayers’ $180 billion investment and for students who seek a quality education.
  2. Participants will gain awareness of shortcomings in the college search process and how College Results Online can help HS counselors and their students discover schools that will help them succeed.
  3. With college reformation being hotly debated inside the beltway, participants will engage in a robust discussion on what is needed to improve college access, completion, and post-enrollment success.



Nicolle Grayson, Communications Director, The Education Trust

Meta Information:

  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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