The new presidential election year has brought renewed attention to the debate over whether colleges and universities should have to report on the number of degrees awarded in the United States.

On the one hand, the issue is timely, as students have been told that the United State is a shrinking country, with more and more degrees and certificates being awarded.

On another hand, this issue has been under a lot of scrutiny in the past few years.

The issue is one that has been raised at least since the early days of the Obama administration, when the White House argued that colleges and other universities should be required to report the total number of undergraduate degrees and diplomas issued.

Since the fall of 2016, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has been taking a look at this issue and making recommendations about whether colleges should be obligated to report this information. 

But the department’s recent decision has raised new questions about whether there is still room for change in the federal government’s policies regarding reporting on the total amount of diplomas awarded and degrees awarded.

And the department is currently holding a public comment period for the matter.

This year, the department also issued a proposal to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of Colleges and Universities to explore the matter further. 

“We recognize the importance of reporting, but we have concerns that there is a lack of transparency and accountability around this topic,” said Dr. Roberta Kaplan, the chair of the National Academies’ Council of Economic Advisers and a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Kaplan says she is concerned about what she sees as a lack in transparency and due diligence around the issue. 

The Obama administration has been looking into the issue of colleges and their responsibilities to report information on the numbers of degrees and certifications they have awarded.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department to Promote Health and Human Services (HHS) have both been conducting investigations of colleges for their lack of reporting of the number and amounts of diplomates and degrees they award.

Kaplan, who is also a professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, says that the problem with these investigations is that the USDA has not been able to prove that schools are failing to disclose diplomas.

She says the USDA is asking for more information from colleges, while the HHS is asking colleges to provide additional information to the department. 

In her opinion, the USDA and HHS should not be able to conduct investigations on the basis that there isn’t a legal requirement to do so, because it is an ongoing legal matter.

The issue of reporting has been a contentious one in recent years, with many colleges and institutions challenging the idea that their schools are not required to do a good job of reporting.

Some have argued that this has led to colleges reporting on fewer degrees and certs, in an attempt to make their students more likely to get an education.

In response, the Obama White House has been pushing colleges to report data, including on the degree awarded.

Under the new guidance issued by the department in November, colleges would be required, however, to provide more information to colleges on the amount of degrees they have given and the number, types, and number of diplomases they have issued.

“We are making the case that colleges must provide more transparency in order to make sure that the data they provide is accurate,” said Kaplan. 

According to the administration, the new information would allow colleges to improve their efforts to enroll and retain students, and make sure their programs are meeting federal educational standards.

But, Kaplan says, the administration should have more transparency about how they are reporting the numbers and degrees, and she wants the department to also include the number by which the number is reduced by colleges that do not have the necessary data. 

When asked about the issue, the Whitehouse said it is “premature to comment” on this particular matter, but said the administration is reviewing the information.

What does this mean for the Obama Administration?

In her comment, Kaplan argues that the new guidelines do not go far enough, and it is likely that the administration will seek additional information from schools about how the total amounts of degrees, certificates, and diplomases are reported.

This would include information on how colleges have reported their students’ grades, their students with disabilities, and how their schools have reported the number or types of students with special needs.

She also says that colleges need to provide the data on how many students have received a diploma, how many have received two or more diplomas, and whether the students received a certificate or certificate and diploma.

Kaplan also said that the Department’s proposal would require colleges to release more data on the data, and that the number the schools provide could be required as well.

But, Kaplan is not convinced that colleges would have to provide this information