The U.S. Department of Education announced a series of updates Tuesday to its College Scorecard — a free online resource designed to help potential college applicants compare institutions using data such as tuition costs, graduation rates and admissions test scores.
In addition to a new interface for students to discover and compare degree programs across institutions, new data on four-year post-graduation earnings, campus demographics and master’s and doctoral degrees is now available, according to a blog post from Roberto Rodriguez, assistant secretary in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.
The updates reflect the department’s commitment to “maintaining open and accessible postsecondary data” and “promoting greater engagement in and awareness of postsecondary outcomes, including through a user-friendly web tool; downloadable files; and an application program interface for web developers to integrate the data into their own tools,” Rodriguez wrote.
The College Scorecard was accessed more than two million times last year, Rodriguez said.
“Students deserve to know which colleges deliver education at a great value, reflect a diverse student population, and equip their graduates for success in the workforce,” he wrote.