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Why Do We Need This ‘Initiative’?

Inside Higher Ed reports that the White House is taking criticism for not appointing a permanent head of the Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Those institutions have lots of problems, but can’t they handle them on their own? Even if not, what good can the White House do? This looks like nothing but expensive grandstanding in a field where the executive branch has no constitutional authority.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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