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CAP Comment Urges the U.S. Secretary of Education To Protect Student Interests Amid Potential Online Program Manager Concerns
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CAP Comment Urges the U.S. Secretary of Education To Protect Student Interests Amid Potential Online Program Manager Concerns

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education highlighting concerns about the online program manager industry.

On December 8, 2023, the Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona highlighting concerns about regulator preparedness for potential online program manager (OPM) collapses, the closure of OPM-managed programs, and the protection of student interests. The OPM industry has boomed in recent years, but regulators appear unprepared for the fallout from a potential collapse of a major OPM and have not taken action to ensure that schools protect students from harm. CAP urges the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider its policies that affect college-OPM arrangements and to implement more stringent oversight to safeguard online students and educational standards.

Click here to read CAP’s comment letter to the U.S. secretary of education on protecting student interests.

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Authors

Stephanie Hall

Acting Senior Director, Higher Education Policy

Center For American Progress

Dr. Amber Villalobos

Fellow

The Century Foundation

Dr. Edward Conroy

Senior Policy Adviser

New America Education Policy Program

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Higher Education Policy

The Higher Education team works toward building an affordable and high-quality higher education system that supports economic mobility and racial equity.

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