DeVos ends Obama-era protections for students of for-profit colleges


Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosPetition calls for Education Secretary LeBron James Collins and Murkowski face recess pressure cooker on Supreme Court Obama Cabinet official: Trump doesn’t want educated workforce MORE moved Friday to end rules passed under the Obama administration that penalized for-profit colleges that have a record of leaving graduates in debt with few job prospects.

In a press release on the Department of Education’s website, the agency claimed the move was born out of an effort to treat all types of institutions “fairly.”

“Students deserve useful and relevant data when making important decisions about their education post-high school,” DeVos said in the release.

“That’s why instead of targeting schools simply by their tax status, this administration is working to ensure students have transparent, meaningful information about all colleges and all programs. Our new approach will aid students across all sectors of higher education and improve accountability.”

The agency is now seeking public comment on whether or not the Department of Education should require institutions to disclose on their websites whether their programs are accredited as well as their program graduation rates and costs.

“The Department continues to believe that data such as debt levels, expected earnings after graduation, completion rates, program cost, accreditation, and consistency with licensure requirements are important to consumers, but not just those students who are considering enrolling in a gainful employment program,” the press release states.

DeVos’ plan to roll back the Obama-era rule was first reported last month with the agency refusing to comment on the proposal until its completion and publication.

DeVos has taken a number of steps to roll back rules passed under the Obama administration targeting for-profit colleges, including dismantling a team dedicated to uncovering fraud at such institutions and reinstating a for-profit college accreditor despite her own staff’s warnings that the organization did not meet federal standards.