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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:01 PM

White House, and Kushner, Dig Into Higher Ed

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Office led by President Trump's son-in-law holds a series of meetings on higher education policy, signaling high-level attention from the administration.

By Andrew Kreighbaum
August 10, 2018

As the Department of Education refines the next phase of its higher education agenda, the White House is apparently weighing in on the new policy direction. ... The special office headed by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to and the son-in-law of President Trump, held a meeting last week with officials from the department, outside higher ed groups and funders of postsecondary research, with accreditation at the center of discussions. The topic reflects the focus of a new round of rule making recently announced by the department, which wants to rethink the role of accreditors as gatekeepers of federal student aid.

The meeting, one of several to take place recently, also signals a closer interest in higher education policy by the White House, which for the first year and a half of the Trump administration has largely limited its interest in postsecondary policy to work-force training issues like apprenticeships.

Among those in attendance at the meeting last week were Diane Auer Jones, the top higher ed official at the Department of Education; Michael Poliakoff, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni; and a representative from Strada Education Network, a nonprofit that uses philanthropic investments to identify improved pathways from education to employment.

A spokeswoman for the department confirmed that the White House had held a series of recent meetings focused on higher education and that department officials have been at the table for each. ... Lucia Weathers, a spokeswoman for Strada, said the nonprofit was invited to participate in a small group discussion by the White House Office of American Innovation, which Kushner directs. Because the discussion itself was off the record, she said Strada could not share details about the talks.

Read more: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/10/kushner-team-convened-higher-ed-meeting-white-house-focused-accreditation



You can see why Betsy DeVos would be concerned that schools need accreditation. Lack of accreditation could derail a lot of scam schools, the only purpose of which is to fleece students.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:07 PM

1. They need to work on making college AFFORDABLE or FREE. Idiots.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:08 PM

2. So how are they planning to grift off of higher education?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:22 PM

4. It already is a grift. Compare the tuition-costs to other countries:

In Germany, the tuition-costs are BY FEDERAL LAW limited to 500 Euros per semester. Universities slap 100-200 Euros administrative fees on top of that.

That's 700 = $800 per semester.

How much is it in the US?

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:47 PM

9. Believe me, I know about tuition costs.

I am still paying, and probably will until I die, for my daughter's tuition for undergrad and grad school in the US.

She lives in Berlin now. Several years ago she commuted to attend a higher ed facility in Frankfurt. Tuition didn't cost her a dime in Germany.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:18 PM

3. More Trump Universities and similar on the way

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Response to progree (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:27 PM

5. Yep

The focus on accreditation will be to lessen the rigors of it and there will be a bunch of crappy for profit junk schools with the same accreditation as legitimate higher education institutions. Just like they are doing with "health insurance".

Peace

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:39 PM

6. 'with accreditation at the center of discussions.

The topic reflects the focus of a new round of rule making recently announced by the department, which wants to rethink the role of accreditors as gatekeepers of federal student aid.'

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:39 PM

7. Aiming at denying science by politicizing grants & politicizing tenure, etc. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 04:48 PM

13. The right is constantly talking about "liberal professors" who try to indoctrinate their kids.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:43 PM

8. Oh sure!

Bring back Trump U and give them student loans. Argh!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:59 PM

10. Didn't Kushner dad have to bribe

Harvard to take him because his grades weren't good enough? Like we need this criminal to be, bribe boy degree talking about anyone's education.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 01:17 PM

11. Wow, Ivanka in law is going to foster peace in the Middle East AND higher education ?

What a talent this guy is.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 01:27 PM

12. Trying to figure a way to quit helping educate minorities and liberals. nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 05:13 PM

14. They won't rest until

the entire department of education is itself a for profit scam.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 07:13 PM

15. Does this have anything to do with

giving accreditation to more private, religious colleges who don't currently meet the criteria ?

Or is this an attempt to de-legitimize liberal arts schools by demanding that certain professors be axed/curriculum be modified ?

I do not like the sound of this. What do any of these science-denying posers know about higher education in the first place ? You'll notice there are NO PhDs/intellectuals among them.

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