DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective

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Media Outlet: New York Times

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about Secretary DeVos' changing policies concerning for-profit colleges. 

In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges.
Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proved more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the most optimistic backers could have hoped.
The rules that Ms. DeVos wants to repeal are called the gainful employment regulations. For all for-profit programs, and any nondegree employment certificate programs at public or nonprofit colleges, the education department compares how much the typical student borrows versus how much they earn after graduation.

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Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America.