The Department Of Education Can’t Even Count

Career College Central Summary:

  • The department is instead “spending our time having conversations and crafting a rule that will best serve students,” a spokesman from the department said on background in an email to
  • The department spokesman confirmed staff received “less than 100,000 comments this go-around.”
  • Advocates worry the department’s opaque treatment of these comments is not only a transparency issue, but a disservice to the rule-making process.
  • “The word ‘public comment’ means ‘public comment,’” said Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
  • “People have the right to know the intensity with which people are commenting on things.”
  • The Institute for Liberty submitted 10,000 comments to the department.
  • Releasing the number of comments would send “a clear signal to Congress that there is tremendous public interest in these issues,” said Andrew Langer, president of the institute.
  • “If the public feels strongly enough about agency actions to send tens of thousands of letters, then perhaps it signals to Congress that they need to weigh in,” he said.
  • The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities stated that over 57,000 comments sector-wide were submitted to the department.
  • “We hope the department carefully reviews and considers the input and concerns of those impacted by the regulation,” said Noah Black, vice president of communications at APSCU.
  • “To date, this is something that has been missing from the regulatory process.” The proposed rule has become controversial because of the impact it would have on for-profit institutions.

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