Transparency

Google Integrates Fed's College Scorecard Data

Students who use Google Search to look up a college or university during application season this winter may be pleased to see a new results card complete with stats on the institution. Google Search has integrated the College Scorecard from the United States Department of Education, but leaving out some of the Scorecard's more contentious data, such as student loan repayment rates and average income for students who attended.

The College Scorecard offers data on more than 7,000 higher ed institutions nationwide, including nearly 2,000 data points and 18 years worth of information. The College Scorecard was redesigned one year ago with input from students, parents, educators, researchers, policymakers and counselors. Anyone can use the College Scorecard to access data on tuition, population, potential income and other information to help students make a data-driven selection.

“By featuring this data front and center, Google is helping more students and families get the information they need when they need it,” Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. wrote in a Google Blog post

Google has already integrated the data into Google Search results. Next year, FAFSA will direct students to the College Scorecard as well.

To learn more, visit the Google blog post.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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