Report: Education Department Hires Enforcement Chief

The U.S. Department of Education has hired a community college administrator and former DeVry University official to run its enforcement unit, Politico reportedTuesday night. Julian Schmoke is executive director of campus relations for West Georgia Technical College, a two-year public institution. He has previously worked for DeVry, most recently as associate program dean for the for-profit chain's college of engineering and information sciences.

The Obama administration created the Student Aid Enforcement Office in February 2016. Its goal, the department said, was to respond more quickly to complaints about potentially illegal or fraudulent actions by colleges. The new unit's primary focus has been the for-profit sector. Robert Kaye, an enforcement lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission, moved over to head the office. Kaye left that position this year, however, after President Trump's inauguration. (In May DeVry changed its name to Adtalem Education Global Education Inc.)

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