Arlington, VA (June 21, 2018) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its concern today about President Trump’s proposal to merge the US Departments of Labor and Education into a new Department of Education and the Workforce.
“While NACAC supports efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently, it is unclear that the president’s proposal would improve education for our citizens,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “Instead, this effort could remove critical government oversight and erode support for public education, leaving taxpayers and students vulnerable.”
Under the plan, the new department would be responsible for protecting and serving the needs of the nation’s students and workers. According to the proposal, the federal government operates over 40 different workforce development programs across 15 agencies. These would be consolidated and moved to the Department of Education and the Workforce.
Rather than combining and consolidating the Departments of Labor and Education, NACAC is calling on the administration and Congress to adequately fund the departments and provide them with the tools necessary to conduct oversight of the programs they administer. In this way, the administration may recognize the savings it hopes to achieve through this merger.
US education programs were administered by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare until 1979. At that time the Congress created a separate, cabinet-level Department of Education to strengthen the federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual—an ongoing objective that NACAC fears would be endangered under the president’s proposal.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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