Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Held Hearing on For-Profit College Oversight and Student Debt
Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2019)—This week, the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy held a hearing on “Examining For-Profit College Oversight and Student Debt.”
- Department of Education Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones misled the Subcommittee about her decision to reinstate recognition of ACICS, a company which repeatedly accredited academically and financially weak for-profit schools.
- Ms. Jones stated she does not regret disregarding the Department staff reports which found that ACICS failed 57 of 93 recognition standards when she reinstated ACICS as a recognized accreditor.
- Ms. Jones misleadingly claimed that pending litigation prevents the Department from adjudicating these claims when, in reality, an October 2018 federal court order requires the Department to adjudicate these claims under the 2016 Borrower Defense regulations.
- A confidential source at recently collapsed education organization Dream Center alleged that Ms. Jones was aware of and directed Dream Center officials to misrepresent their unaccredited status to students on Illinois Institute of Art’s campuses.
- Maryland Assistant Attorney General Christopher Madaio confirmed the Department continues to obstruct state Attorneys General (AGs) offices from their important work of protecting students, by ceasing to provide them with necessary information and locking them out of negotiated rulemaking proceedings.
Principal Deputy Under Secretary
Department of Education
Illinois Institute of Art
Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Attorney & Counselor
Lindsey Burke (minority witness)
Director, Center for Education Policy
The Heritage Foundation
Watch Chairman Krishnamoorthi’s opening statement.
Watch Rep. Connolly’s question line.
Watch Rep. Pressley’s question line.
Watch RJ Infusino’s opening statement.