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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2015 04:36 PM
From: Senator Ryan P. Aument
To: All Senate members
Subject: Higher Education Accountability and Transparency (HEAT) Act
In the near future I intend to introduce legislation that will give individuals interested in higher education in Pennsylvania the ability to easily research what institution of higher education will best suit their needs. The right college sometimes makes all the difference in student achievement and the comparison tool created in this legislation will make finding that easier for prospective students.

My legislation will charge the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) with creating a comparison tool on its website which would allow students, parents, or anyone interested in the data, to search through a myriad of factors which may be important to them. Such factors will include average tuition, graduation and transfer rates, percentage of students receiving federal aid, average borrowing amount, among others.

The choice of what institution of higher education one should attend is important and this legislation will give interested parties a much needed tool to use in their decision making process. Please join me in co-sponsoring this proposal to provide accountability and transparency in higher education.

Introduced as SB1146