Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) Update
The Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) is a US Department of Education (USED) initiative designed to assess the performance of all institutions of higher education with the stated goals of advancing institutional accountability while also enhancing consumer information. The Department intends, through these ratings, to compare colleges with similar missions and identify colleges that do the most to help disadvantaged and underrepresented students, as well as identify colleges that are improving their performance. In the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, we anticipate that the President will propose allocating financial aid based upon these college ratings by 2018. More general background information from the Department can be found at http://www.ed.gov/college-affordability/college-ratings-and-paying-performance . Full text.