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How the College-Ratings Plan Came About

August 22, 2013. President Obama publicly announces the ratings plan in a speech on college cost at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York.

September 20, 2013. With the plan already under attack, Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls early criticism “more than a little silly”—parrying remarks by Terry W. Hartle, of the American Council on Education, who says the department has an obligation to use “perfect data” for its system. Mr. Duncan says that is “exactly the wrong premise” to start with.