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Education commissar wants institutions to seek federal accreditation

October 3, 2010

Robert Knight, of The Washington Times, reports on Arne Duncan’s recent proposal.

…The Obama administration seems determined to bring academia under the government’s heavy hand. You’d think President Obama would leave it alone, because most college professors probably voted for him. But wait. The real aim seems to be to politicize the academy even more.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants all schools that accept federal student aid to have a license from a state agency that would list “authorized” institutions. Anyone else would be out of luck. The state agencies would follow federal guidelines, of course.

Mr. Duncan laid out this and other proposed rules in an Aug. 13 letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, and Sen. Michael Enzi, Wyoming Republican, who held hearings on federal student assistance programs in June…Continue reading KNIGHT: Obamechanic tinkers with colleges

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