The House on Wednesday passed a bill by voice vote to streamline public data about institutions of higher education.
The bill, H.R. 4983, would direct the Secretary of Education to create a "College Dashboard" website to display data from colleges' most recent academic year.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia FoxxOvernight Finance: Republicans move to block overtime rule | House, Senate split on IRS cuts | Yellen heading back before Congress Overnight Regulation: House Republicans move to block overtime rule House GOP moves to block overtime rule MORE (R-N.C.), said it would help prospective students identify institutions of higher education best suited to their needs.
"Students and families face a deluge of data that often provides little to no use," Foxx said.
Under current law, the Department of Education only has to publish data gathered based on full-time students. Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) said the bill would ensure the data captured the majority of the current college population and provide students with a better picture of potential schools.
"This information may lead students to consider institutions they may have otherwise excluded," Holt said.