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MATC Instructors Condemn DeVos Decision to Deregulate For-Profits, Endangering Students

MATC INSTRUCTORS CONDEMN DEVOS DECISION

The American Federation of Teachers Local 212, the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s faculty union, strongly condemns the Department of Education’s decision to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule.

This rule was instituted to ensure that colleges taking advantage of government-funded student loan programs could demonstrate that the training they provided actually led to students finding employment that paid enough to cover student loans.

According to Dr. Lisa Conley, a Natural Sciences Instructor and President of AFT Local 212, “This action shows that the Trump administration is more concerned with diploma mill profits than with students’ welfare.”

Conley explained, “These institutions are colleges in name only. They are predatory businesses that manipulate students into taking out huge loans. For-profit executives make multimillion-dollar salaries, while students are left jobless, with huge debts, credits that do not transfer, and more deeply impoverished then when they enrolled. It is outrageous that the Trump administration has eliminated a rule designed to protect students and taxpayers and hold colleges accountable.”

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