Education Dept. Appointee’s For-Profit Past Draws Flak, but It’s Complicated

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Media Outlet: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Clare McCann was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the appointment of a former dean at DeVry University to lead the Department of Education's student-aid enforcement unit:

Clare McCann, deputy director for federal higher education policy at the think tank New America, said that while Mr. Schmoke’s academic background is a positive, the purpose of his office makes his role problematic.

"The enforcement unit was originally created to go beyond compliance," said Ms. McCann, who was a senior policy adviser at the Education Department under President Obama. Appointing as its head someone who lacks a background in law or investigating does not bode well for students, borrowers, and taxpayers, who demand that institutions that commit fraud be held to account, she said.

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Clare McCann is the deputy director for federal higher education policy with New America's Education Policy program. She previously served as a senior adviser on higher education policy at the U.S. Department of Education.