Sen. Marshall Supports College Transparency Act
(Washington, DC) – Last week, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. supported legislation that would accurately report on the outcomes of college students, including components like enrollment rates, completion, and post-college success across colleges and various programs. This legislation would require a website that students and parents can access that ensures transparent, informative, and accessible data. Allowing colleges and universities to skew statistics and data to lure students in is immoral and unfair, especially with the current levels of inflation and tuition prices that have skyrocketed. Students deserve to have access to this data before they are committed.
“Deciding whether to attend college or not is one of the biggest choices students will make in their lifetimes, and they should know what they’re getting into before making that choice,” Senator Marshall said. “This commonsense bill will provide students with important information about each institution’s outcomes like the average debt, graduation rates, and starting salaries for graduates of every college in America. I’m proud to support this bill and help empower students to make the best possible choice to meet their career goals after high school and beyond.”
“Families and students should have access to all relevant information as they consider their higher education opportunities. The College Transparency Act will help families make the best decisions for their situation through access to data such as enrollment, degree completion, and post-college success from the universities they are considering. The understanding of student success at universities and a comparison between the cost to attend a university and potential job placement and lifetime earnings are important factors in the value of a degree,” said Doug Girod, Chancellor at the University of Kansas.
“Kansas State University welcomes the passage of the College Transparency Act and appreciates Senator Marshall’s sponsorship of this important legislation. As a land-grant university, K-State strives to be accessible to all Kansans and the data this bill provides to students, families, universities and others will help tell a complete story of student outcomes,” said Richard Linton, President of Kansas State University.