Education Dept. dismantles team focused on fraud at for-profit colleges

Education department curtails unit that investigates for-profit colleges

"The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked", including DeVry Education Group, the Times reports.

Other for-profit colleges like Bridgepoint, which was under investigation, has deep ties to the administration. Roughly a dozen investigators and lawyers were later added to the unit.

Multiple former Education Department employees told The New York Times that members of the investigative unit had pushed as recently as this year for its work to continue.

The institutions had been accused of fraud that involved misrepresenting enrollment benefits, job placement rates and program offerings, which could leave students with huge debts and no degrees.

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However, once President Trump took office, policies within the department quickly began to shift, according to the Times.

Now only three employees work on the team, and their mission has been scaled back to focus on processing student loan forgiveness applications and looking at smaller compliance cases. Team members needed special approval to request outside documents or even contact for-profit colleges. Investigations into two other large for-profit colleges, Bridgepoint Education and Career Education Corporation, were also halted.

The new details on the Education Department's turn toward assisting for-profit universities rather than student victims of these institutions fit within the Trump administration's broad "war on students", which escalated last week when acting CFPB director Mick Mulvaney moved to shut down what Sen. The consulting and lobbying firm, Cove Strategies, which she founded with her husband Matt Schlapp, worked with Bridgepoint and is still a Cove client. Jones had not recused herself from matters involving Career Education Corp, the Times reported.

"I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families", DeVos said after meeting at the Department of Education with leaders of the Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America. But there are alternatives these students can consider. Many ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools have been criticized for leaving students without basic secular skills.

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