Education Dept. Plans Reorganization

The U.S. Department of Education plans to reorganize multiple units with higher education functions into one office whose leader would report directly to the secretary of education, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The plan calls for the merging of the Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education into one Office of Postsecondary Education and Lifelong Learning.  Also under the reorganization, the office of under secretary would be eliminated.

"You can view this as a vision document," a department spokeswoman, Liz Hill, told Inside Higher Ed. "It's the beginning of a conversation with staff, the public and Congress about the secretary's vision to make the department more efficient and responsive on behalf of students, parents, educators and taxpayers."

The overhaul plan came after President Trump issued an executive order last year directing the Office of Management and Budget to propose reorganization of the federal government to "eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs," Inside Higher Ed reported.

Some of the changes require congressional approval; others do not.


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