Congressmen Introduce Resolution Opposing College-Rating System

Two U.S. congressmen introduced a resolution on Tuesday that opposes the Department of Education’s controversial plan to design a ratings system for colleges and universities.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, and Rep. Michael E. Capuano, a Massachusetts Democrat, also issued a joint statement calling the department’s proposal, which much of academe has greeted with skepticism, “misguided.”

Under the plan, an institution’s federal financial aid would be tied to its rating, which would be based on several factors, including affordability and student outcomes. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that, even if the agency doesn’t receive the $10-million from Congress that it requested to fund the project, it would still move forward with the plan.

President Obama mentioned the ratings system on Tuesday during a Tumblr Q&A about student-loan debt, saying the proposed system would help push colleges to be more affordable.

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