Building a Student-Level Data System

Organization: Center for American Progress
Author: Ben Miller
Published: May 2, 2016

This report examines a provision added to the Higher Education Act in 2008 which prohibits the Department of Education from creating a new database of information that collects individual-level data on all students enrolled in higher education.  The report argues that ending this ban would provide significant benefits to institutions, states, students, consumers, and the federal government. And once the ban is overturned, a student-level system could be established without substantial additional burden on colleges.