Donald Trump Talked Specifics on College Reform

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From the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is not a beacon of conservative politics or policies in higher education:

At a rally in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican nominee ventured into what was for him uncharted territory, proposing the simplification of income-based repayment plans, decrying burdensome government regulations and their effect on college costs, and ripping what he described as the culture of political correctness on campuses.

Much of the rhetoric resembled well-worn conservative talking points, and Mr. Trump made few concrete proposals. But few is more than zero. That Mr. Trump touched on higher ed at all is surprising, especially given that he chose to do so for the first time with less than a month to go before the election. The strategy may be aimed at luring a swath of voters, twenty-somethings, who may have supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries and so are viewed as less attached to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.