Betsy DeVos’s Education Department May Reinstate For-Profit College Accrediting Agency that Approved Corinthian and ITT Until the Day They Were Closed


You’ll remember that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, an educational libertarian, isn’t much of an advocate for government regulation. For example, DeVos has been hiring for-profit college lobbyists for key federal positions involved in the regulation of those same colleges, and she has been delaying or eliminating rules and guidance designed to regulate the for-profits.

In her 2014 book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream, Cornell University professor Suzanne Mettler tells us why we should worry about DeVos’s relaxing regulation of the for-profit higher education sector:  “Defenders of for-profit universities champion them as belonging to the private sector, but in recent years as in the past, they receive nearly all of their revenues from the U.S. federal government.”  Examining large institutions like the Apollo Group, the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, Kaplan, DeVry, the now-defunct ITT, Bridgepoint, Strayer, Capella and others, Mettler explains: “Notably…

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