Prospective students and their parents need more and far better information--particularly about outcomes--in order to help them decide the best school to attend and the federal government should take the lead to distribute this information and mandate new data requirements, reports U.S. News & World Report. This conclusion is from a just released report, "Grading Higher Education Giving Consumers the Information They Need," by Harvard University professor Bridget Terry Long.

The report's key conclusion is:

"for the federal government to expand the types of information that are available and allow users to compare indicators like cost, financial aid, student debt, employment...

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