With Falwell as Education Adviser, His Own University Could Benefit

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Media Outlet: The New York Times

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about the appointment of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. to President Trump's higher education task force:

On Tuesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, would lead a Trump administration task force charged with deregulating American higher education.

In describing his goals, Mr. Falwell focused on rolling back a series of initiatives that the Obama administration viewed as preventing abuses by predatory for-profit colleges. “The goal is to pare it back and give colleges and their accrediting agencies more leeway in governing their affairs,” Mr. Falwell told a Chronicle reporter.

One nonprofit university that could benefit from this kind of regulatory retrenchment is Liberty University itself.


Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America.