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Want to Search Earnings for English Majors by College? You Can’t

The New York Times covered the history of collecting and reporting on outcomes data of graduated students. College Blackout was cited, and Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann were quoted:

The history here is curious, and the New America Foundation, a policy research institute, recounted it in a paper called “College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark,” a title that probably conveys how the writers, Clare McCann and Amy Laitinen, feel about it.

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One big mystery here is why private colleges would care more about privacy than public or community colleges. New America’s Ms. Laitinen dismisses the concern as a smoke screen by an organization whose members sometimes charge a lot more than their competitors.

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“Unless you’re looking at a more comprehensive full set of data, how are you going to know if students from low-income backgrounds are faring worse than those from high-income backgrounds?” Ms. McCann said.