Key Addition To Federal Higher Ed Team

Career College Central summary:

  • The U.S. Education Department announced late Friday that Jamienne S. Studley, a former president of Skidmore College and one-time Education Department general counsel, would become a deputy under secretary of education. With Jeff Appel, who was given the same title this summer, Studley will oversee the department's ambitious second-term higher education agenda.
  • Studley, whose was appointed as a consultant to Martha J. Kanter in June, is expected to focus on such issues as accreditation and college pricing, and to play a key role in shaping President Obama's far-reaching — and almost certainly controversial — proposal to create a system to rate colleges on affordability, quality and other matters. Appel will focus more on student financial aid.
  • Studley, who came to the department from Public Advocates, Inc., a consumer law and advocacy group, has served since 2010 on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which advises the education secretary on accreditation issues.
  • The job of deputy under secretary — which does not require Senate confirmation — has come to be defined by its first occupant, Robert Shireman, who led the Obama administration's first-term efforts to overhaul the student loan program and aggressively regulate vocational colleges. Education Secretary Arne Duncan created the job for Shireman because he would have been unlikely to have been confirmed, given his highly public criticism of the crumbling but still-powerful student loan industry.

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