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2015 Higher Education Briefing – Félix Muñiz Jr.

March 16, 2015
9:30 – 10:45 am
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121

"Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the Viability of a Federal Ratings System"

Moderated by CHCI-McDonald's Higher Education Graduate Fellow Félix Muñiz Jr.

2015 Higher Education Graduate Briefing White Paper - Félix Muñiz Jr.

In seeking to address present challenges concerning college affordability and institutional quality, President Barack Obama has announced an ambitious plan to implement a Postsecondary Institutional Rating System (PIRS).  Harnessing relevant student data, the system intends to:  1) provide families with reliable consumer information on college choice; 2) inform institutional policy and practice; 3) and enable an accountability structure within the federal financial aid program.  Seen as a potential high stakes evaluation, a frequent question for the U.S. Department of Education has been how it will come to define college value and rate institutional performance.  Other recurrent questions pertain to the unintended impacts of PIRS implementation, particularly upon the nation’s diverse set of academic institutions and the wide array of students they serve.  For Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), these questions figure prominently. This briefing brings together experts to comment on the viability of PIRS to serve as an effective transparency and accountability tool for HSIs.

Opening Remarks:

Jimmie Williams, Director Global Government and Public Affairs, McDonald’s


Colleen Campbell, Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Ben Miller, Senior Policy Analyst at New America Foundation

Melanie Muenzer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (Department of Education)

Deborah Santiago, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Policy with Excelencia in Education

The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.