Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved three initiatives this month that should benefit college students. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


The Department of Education (DOE), under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, had a very good May. A frequent and deserved target of criticism from higher education critics and commentators, including this contributor, the DOE announced three initiatives this month, all of which have the potential to brighten the higher education landscape.

Two of the programs – a more flexible Federal Work-Study and an expanded Second Chance Pell experiment – take advantage of the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI), a limited waiver that gives the Secretary the authority to waive certain federal regulations, thereby allowing colleges and universities opportunities to

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