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College Database Bill Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

The reintroduced College Transparency Act is receiving broad support across the political spectrum and from professional organizations, but opponents of the bill in higher education are concerned about how students’ information would be shared with the federal government.

The bipartisan bill — spearheaded by Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana — would create a student data system within the National Center for Education Statistics to track student outcomes at colleges throughout the United States. Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, along with Cassidy’s Republican colleague Tim Scott from South Carolina, are original cosponsors of the legislation.

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