Online Learning Update

December 4, 2017

Is DeVos Devaluing Degrees?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Education secretary calls for more emphasis on work-force training. Many experts — including those focused on careers — say general education matters more than she suggests. The Trump administration’s higher education policy to date has consisted largely of undoing what it inherited — rolling back, for instance, ambitious Obama era regulations on for-profit colleges and campus policies on sexual assault. Observers looking for an affirmative, forward-looking agenda have been hard-pressed to find much so far. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month provided as a clear a sense as observers have yet seen of her vision for her department’s role in, and agenda for, postsecondary education, with a set of comments signaling a shift in emphasis from education to training. In two separate forums this month, she said students have for years received a message that “the only path for a successful life” is through a four-year degree.

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