MAKING THE GRADE: Last year President Obama introduced a revamped College Scorecard to give students and families more information about student outcomes and the cost of attending college. It includes data from 7,000 institutions on debt, federal loan repayment, completion rates, and post-college earnings of alumni. A year after the new tool’s debut, the College Scorecard updated its data with 1,700 data points from the 2014-15 academic year. The new data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Student Loan Data System and tax records.
Researchers are unveiling all kinds of new insights with College Scorecard data. For instance the Center for American Progress used the tool to show that men make more money just six years after enrolling in college than women do 10 years after entering schools.