Last September, we asked you about the Obama administration’s aggressive shutdown of fraudulent for-profit colleges, and the weak accrediting agency responsible for these schools—the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). By an overwhelming margin, you thought that accreditation agencies like ACICS are the cause of fraud amongst for-profit schools like Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute, and Trump University.
With the transition to the Trump administration, there are some indications that the federal government may change its tune on how to stop education fraud. Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary for Education, had investments in a number of for-profit schools. President Trump was, of course, the head of the now-defunct Trump University, and was forced to pay $25 million to settle allegations that his school defrauded its students.
The close relationship between the Trump administration and the industry has some speculating that the new sheriff in town may be less enforcement-focused than the last. On the other hand, President Trump campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp”—which would presumably include ending corruption in the education industry.
What do you think? Will the U.S. Revise Its Stance on For-Profit College Fraud?
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