This year, indeed only a few months ago, the Federal Trade Commission reached a $100 million settlement with the for-profit DeVry University for fraud, "misleading and exploiting students." It includes paying $51 million in student debt. This is the biggest "for-profit" education fraud case.
Okay, so are you sitting down? No, really, I mean it. I'll wait... Good.
Today, Trump just appointed its dean, Julian Schmoke Jr, to the Department of Education unit that polices fraud in higher education!!
No, really. Honest.
And yes, I know the immediate quip reaction is -- well, sure, he was appointed because he's an expert on fraud in higher education, and so he knows exactly that to look for.
My favorite comment on this is from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who has been very outspoken on the appointment all day. He's laid out the meaning on consequences of it. But his first response was the gem -- "This is a joke, right? Basically akin to nominating influenza to be the Surgeon General."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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