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Trump Higher Education Reforms

January 10, 2017

American higher education is so dominated by the Left that one authority on the subject has called it  the “Left University”.  Pollster Frank Luntz was so upset by polling of “Millennials” that he told the GOP that the Republicans had lost that generation.

Something has to be done to turn this situation around, but there are indications that the President-Elect was so burned by his experience with “Trump University” that he has walked away from any attempt to reform higher education.

In late December, National Review Online picked up a report I posted in this space that the head of Trump’s Transition Team was a “careerist” political appointee from the Administration of the U.S. Department of Education.

The sad fact is that U.S. Secretary Margaret Spellings was a disaster for higher education and did nothing to change regulations that benefited the Left University.

If the Trump Administration does nothing to reform higher education, then any attempts to reform it will be set back another ten years, indebtedness by education consumers will skyrocket, college tuition will break the backs of our young people and the Left University will enjoy a decade of freedom from reforms.

There are thirteen reforms that are critical and must be included in any Trump higher education policies.

  1. Prohibit members of Congress and congressional staff from employment with colleges or universities.
  2. Repeal the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1990.
  3. Direct the regional accreditation agencies to accredit institutions from outside their “regions.”
  4. Direct the regional agencies to immediately recognize solely Internet-based institutions for accreditation.
  5. No longer require institutions not participating in Title IV programs to adhere to U.S. Department of Education Title IV regulations.
  6. Lower the percentage of three-year default rates from 30% to 20%. Institutions with three-year default rates will immediately lose access to Title IV programs.
  7. No longer permit regional agencies to accredit Internet-based programs and recognize a new national agency for accreditation of Internet delivered programs.
  8. Charter an agency solely for the accreditation of MOOCs and adjust Title IV regulations to permit offering MOOCs for degree credit, if an institution offering MOOCs chooses not to participate in Title IV.
  9. Shift Title IV funds to the States in block grants.
  10. Encourage the States to subsidize corporations that create training programs.
  11. Abolish NACIQI or reform its method of appointing members.
  12. Abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
  13. Form an “Education Consumer Revolt” political action committee.

Here’s  one of the first events where I’ll give a presentation on this subject.  Scheduled for Chicago on March 1 by the Heartland Institute, I hope you’ll attend, if you’re in Chicago.

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