All Japanese universities may soon be required to provide students with key statistics about their employment and dropout rates and other quantifiable facts, if a new proposal is accepted by the Central Council for Education. The list of items to publicly divulge is divided into five areas the education ministry thinks need improving: education, students, organization, economic framework and learning environment. Universities get the chance to take a positive step toward accountability.

All universities should provide this information to prospective students and parents. Universities have long been highly secretive. In recent years, with the establishment of well-funded publicity offices in every university, their self-claims are promoted through ad campaigns that are sophisticated and expensive. Providing data helps students and parents make decisions about a very expensive undertaking.

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