In his first weeks in office, President Biden reversed several Trump-administration policies and introduced new measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Chronicle is tracking new developments and breaking down what they mean for higher education.
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Former Obama Adviser Will Lead Higher-Ed Policy Under Biden
The White House has nominated James Kvaal, currently president of the Institute for College Access and Success, to be under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education — a role that will give him oversight of most federal higher-education policy.
The under secretary is in charge of the department’s offices that oversee postsecondary education; career, technical, and adult education; and federal student aid. The institute, which Kvaal has led for three years, advocates for policies meant to reduce student-loan debt, improve college affordability for low-income students, and hold predatory colleges accountable.