Obama administration officials called upon entrepreneurs and innovators today to help design technological resources using open data that will allow students to make informed decisions about where to go to college and how to pay for it.
Addressing a room of more than 600 people at the White House and Education
Department's Datapalooza event, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said challenges
like the ever-rising cost of college and an inefficient higher education
marketplace keeps him up at night.
"We have to lead the world in college graduation rates again," he
said. The U.S. currently ranks about 12th internationally.
Education Department Acting Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton called for the
development of new and innovative ways to fill out the FAFSA. When a student
fills out the form, their chance of going to college goes up dramatically, he
Nick Sinai, deputy chief technology officer at the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy and Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House
Domestic Policy Council, also called for new solutions aligned with President
Barack Obama's college affordability agenda.
Almost 50 different private, non-profit or academic entities presented new
apps, services or tools at the event geared toward helping students evaluate
and select colleges based on a number of factors including cost, financial aid,
student loan default rates and job outcomes.
— Caitlin Emma