Last week we reported that when it comes to
higher education, the Republican platform for this
election was a single paragraph with no real details
of what they propose to do for the next four years.
Given that, the only thing we can do to discern what
their policies will be for the sector is to analyze their
speeches and past policies and stances.
For example, during their Cleveland convention
Republican leaders propose to decouple accreditation
from federal financial aid. That means that a lot
of colleges and universities will feel no pressure to
maintain a minimum of standards and rigor while
being able to issue diplomas without any constraints
– other than, of course, what the students are willing
to pay. Employers, therefore, will have no way to
make sure that college graduates they hire have the
minimum qualifications and skills to perform their
Romero, A. 2016. How higher ed will fare under GOP president. The Edwardsville Intelligencer 10 October 2016, p. 3.