WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12:  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos waits for the beginning of a hearing before House Education and Labor Committee December 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Examining the Education Department's Implementation of Borrower Defense."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

After the ACICS had accredited ITT Tech, Corinthian Colleges, and Brightwood College—all for-profit faculties that closed after stealing billions from students and cheating them out of an education—President Barack Obama stripped the company of its powers. DeVos and Donald Trump then reinstated the disgraced company’s powers, and one of many first locations ACICS accredited was the coed and faculty-free Reagan National University. As USA Today discovered after they investigated the varsity final 12 months:

The college’s president – Harold Harris, per the varsity’s web site – was equally invisible. University presidents usually function an establishment’s public face. The solely face on Reagan National’s web site was the establishment’s namesake U.S. president. The president of the college on the South Dakota enterprise license was listed as “Xuanhua Fan.”

Only the most effective individuals. The Biden administration’s transfer implies that about 60 faculties that obtained their accreditation from ACICS will now have “18 months to find a new accreditor if they want to keep accessing federal money.” For its half, ACICS informed the press that will probably be interesting this choice and, in accordance with a statement placed on ACICS’ web site: 

ACICS will enchantment the SDO choice to the Secretary. We have labored too arduous over the previous 5 years to strengthen our group, our accountability, our procedures, and accreditation standards to not battle this choice.  All that we ask is {that a} choice concerning our continued recognition be pushed by the enhancements we’ve got made and our effectiveness as an accreditor right now, not by coverage priorities and outdoors strain from political activists. Every accreditor must be given that chance. And each accreditor must be deeply involved if our enchantment to the Secretary is denied.

I imply, accrediting a college with no school and no pupil physique is “no bueno.” (That’s first-year, highschool language Spanish for “no good.”) Maybe ACICS will give me accreditation as a Spanish language trainer? They shouldn’t, but they just might!

Career staffers on the Education Department concluded in January that the ACICS had finished a poor job of coaching workers to conduct web site visits, failed to deal with conflicts of curiosity and lacked the funds to maintain itself in the long run. Months later, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity in an 11-to-1 vote beneficial the council be stripped of its authority.

The DeVos Education Department, like the remainder of the Trump administration, appeared pushed fully by billionaire profiteering, utilizing fearmongering and white supremacist dive and conquer tactics. Students, as a rule, disliked DeVos’ ideas because it’s hard to respect an adult who doesn’t respect you. Like many within the final swamp-filled administration, DeVos appeared to both be so ignorant that she handled college students like they didn’t know any higher, or handled them that manner as a result of she thought they had been unintelligent. Maybe it isn’t a binary. Maybe she’s simply so ignorant that she believes everybody else is extra ignorant than she?