“We spend more money on higher education than any other country and yet, they’re turning our students into communists and terrorists and sympathizers of many, many different dimensions,” Donald Trump said. | John Locher/APAnd in a new campaign policy video, he is pledging to do so by creating a federally funded online university that awards free degrees — one where “wokeness or jihadism” are not allowed.
Trump’s policy proposal comes as U.S. institutions, including top universities, have come under increased political scrutiny, most recently for their response to the deadly attack on Israel by Hamas. Prominent business leaders, politicians, and donors have“We spend more money on higher education than any other country and yet, they’re turning our students into communists and terrorists and sympathizers of many, many different dimensions,” Trump said in a video of his proposal.
Using the federal government to create an entirely new educational institution aimed at competing with the thousands of existing schools would drastically reshape American higher education. The idea represents a political volley by the former president on a policy field where the current president has tried to make inroads. headtopics.com
Trump, likewise, is targeting the more than 40 million Americans who have some college but never completed their degree. “It’s a contrast with Joe Biden’s plan for free college, which is to essentially wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars of student loan debt. This is a different way,” a campaign official said. “We need to have affordable options for college without spending trillions and trillions of dollars.”for colleges and universities and proposed removing diversity, equity and inclusion administrators and promoting the defense of “the American and Western civilization” in school curriculum.
Trump’s rival for the GOP nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has issued similar calls to overhaul college accreditation and higher education. In Florida, he’s moved to restrict state colleges from spending money on diversity programs and he’s sought to transform a public liberal arts school into a more conservative-leaning institution. headtopics.com