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Obama proposes linking federal aid to the value colleges provide

August 22, 2013|By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey

Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz said the rating would attempt to match similar institutions for “apple-to-apple comparisons.” She said the president believes that the federal government should play a role helping parents and students approach college “from a consumer perspective” and evaluate education as a “product.”

The announcement got a cool reception from a key Republican lawmaker. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said he was “concerned that imposing an arbitrary college-ranking system could curtail the very innovation we hope to encourage -- and even lead to federal price controls.”

“As always, the devil is in the details, and I look forward to examining the president’s proposal further as part of the committee’s ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and help improve college affordability and access.”

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