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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



This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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