Donald Trump and Higher Education


The title of this post is, of course, a misleading tease if you, the reader are expecting some sort of summary of Donald Trump’s positions on higher-education issues. The Trump campaign’s website includes no “issues” section indicating the candidate’s positions on higher education or on anything else.

So, what is the point of this post?

Well, a recent article written by Libby Nelson for Vox reminded me of a topic now buried in one of the idea folders that I keep for my contributions to this blog. In 2013, shortly after I had begun contributing to this blog, I had come across a news item about a lawsuit that had been filed against Donald Trump for falsely representing what students enrolled in “Trump University” could expect to receive for their tuition. The phrase “Trump University” was enough provoke me into doing a Google search.

According to Libby Nelson, several class-action…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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