The Truth Behind Higher Education Disclosure Laws

The 2008 reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) included over 25 new information requirements on top of those that had been added since the law was first enacted in 1965. Unfortunately, some of these provisions are not working nearly as well as intended. In early 2011, researchers investigated scores of four-year colleges and universities to gauge their compliance with the information requirements of HEOA. The results were not encouraging. The large majority of colleges are in total noncompliance with some of the most widely cited provisions of HEOA: those meant to focus attention on the struggle of low-income students to graduate from college.

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