Federal School Ratings Questioned by Delaware Congressman

Aug 23, 2013

Rep. John Carney (D-De)
Credit House of Representatives

Congressman John Carney says he is concern about the new rating system that is being proposed by President Obama…that would rate colleges based on affordability and performance and would ultimately determine how federal financial aid is disbursed.

The Delaware Democrat was meeting with representatives from the state’s public and private colleges and universities yesterday.

He told them that he was just learning about the proposals but worried about unintended consequences because they do not consider the difference between the mission of an open enrollment university and those like the University of Delaware which emphasizes research.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the Carney noted that the cost of college has outpaced increases in such things as health care and family incomes.

The paper reports that the average cost of an undergraduate program for around 63-thousand students who lived on campus last school year was nearly $23-thousand.