Higher Education Policy Under Trump

Sara Goldrick-Rab
Nov 9, 2016 · 1 min read

Here are the top 3 higher education policy changes I expect under President Elect-Donald Trump, based on his limited statements and my extensive experiences with Scott Walker in Wisconsin — his “nearest peer.”

1. America will be “open for business” when it comes to promoting for-profit colleges and universities . This means cutting regulation and oversight, and defunding public higher education so that students view for-profits as a good deal. Witness: Trump University.

2. Federal student loan origination will be returned to private banks. Underwriting will be introduced in the name of reducing student debt — which it will accomplish, but only by reducing college enrollment. College prices won’t fall, but fewer people will have debt and no degree because they simply didn’t attend college.

3. The U.S. Department of Education will be dramatically downsized in the name of state’s rights. This will greatly reduce our ability to ensure access to college for vulnerable populations and coordinate policies and practices to protect them.

We have a hell of a road in front of us. States and local communities, I’ll be spending my time with you. Call me.

Sara Goldrick-Rab

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*I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I’m changing the things I cannot accept.* Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple U.