Supervisor Paula Plum of the Minnesota State Approving Agency tells the Star Tribune how federal officials have limited inspectors’ ability to scrutinize academic programs that serve veterans — and increased the chance for abuse:
“We were going out to the schools every year reviewing records, making sure they were certifying correctly. If they weren’t, we had the authority to say, ‘I’m going to pull your approval and you can’t have VA students.’ They took that away from us.”
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.