Asking colleges how they feel about federal higher education regulation is a bit like asking six-year-olds what they think about broccoli—of course they don't like it. The difference is Congress would never call children to testify as part of political theater.
Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on a recently released report it commissioned on the burden of federal regulations. The report does not paint a pretty picture of the Department of Education, sayings colleges are “enmeshed in a jungle of red tape,” and playing right into a narrative advanced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the HELP committee chair, that the burden of regulations are responsible for college costs increasing.
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