U.S. House Passes Rep. Luke Messer's Bill to Enhance Higher Education Transparency

Press Release

Date: May 23, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

ednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1949, the Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act. The legislation directs the Department of Education to explore opportunities to enhance higher education transparency. The bill was approved unanimously through a voice vote and is Messer's second bill to pass through the House.

"Few decisions in life are bigger than whether to attend college and which college to attend," said Rep. Messer. "Yet many families find it a challenge to wade through the complicated maze of statistics available for this important decision.

"Through this bill, we hope to simplify the process and help students get access to the information they really need to make good decisions while lessening the burden on colleges and universities that have far too many reporting requirements today," Messer continued.

Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-5), a mother of both current and graduated college students and former General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, spoke on behalf of the bill saying, "Students want to make the most educated decision they can, but currently they struggle to access and process the data they need. It is not because there is a lack of data being reported, rather a lack of the right data in a readable and understandable format."

Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke on behalf of the bill calling it a "great step in the right direction." "This legislation will serve to kick start the process of improving transparency in higher education and provide students and parents with information they need to make informed decisions so that a college education can continue be a source of empowerment for millions of Americans," Cantor concluded.

To learn more about H.R. 1949, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/BetterData.

About Luke Messer

Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana's 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Republican Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs. Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children's book about Indiana titled "Hoosier Heart." To learn more about Luke Messer, log on to www.Messer.House.gov.