Donald Trump’s astonishing victory in US Presidential elections will cast a great deal of apprehension over the federal education policy as he plans to shake up the current education structure just as he plans to make changes in Washington. What escalates this uncertainty among concerned educationists and students is the vague nature of his acceptance speech in context to the general attitude that the government towards the sector although he did mention that he plans to bring his business experience to work during his tenure in the government.
Trump vowed to “to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.” among other things.
Despite the paltry mention of the education policy, Trump and his contemporaries have hinted at some longstanding conservative talking points all of which will prominently push back the government’s influence on both K-12 and higher education.
Trump’s government is likely to encourage school choice via a systematic use of federal block grants and a transfer of the student loan system over to private lenders. He has also promised $20 billion for school choice movement. While Melania Trump is likely to focus on protecting children from cyber-bullying on social media, Ivanka Trump will join her father in making substantial changes in the issue of child care affordability.
Trump’s “presidency will open the door for conservatives to weaken, gut or completely dismantle any regulations that have been created in the last eight years,” Tariq Habash, policy associate at the Century Foundation, said. “It’s not bright for the future of higher-education policy from a consumer-protection standpoint.” he added.
Donald Trump’s victory also leaves a somewhat dispiriting message to international students and is likely to affect the allure of the US as the most preferred destination of choice for higher education- which such an assumption is still being debated widely especially throughout India.
Dr Rahul Choudaha, co-founder, interEDGE.org, a US-based firm specialising in international student success mentions that recruitment and admissions professional will now have a hard time. However, the likes of Professor Atindra Bhattacharya, head, marketing department, SOIL (School of Inspired Leadership) and Adarsh Khandelwal, co founder, Collegify, a college consulting firm for study abroad look down upon such an assumption and believe that Trump will not disrupt the trillion dollar industry despite his anti-immigration stance as a republican.
During his campaign Trump said ‘If I am elected president, the Indian and Hindu community will have a big friend in the White House.’ He also described himself as a ‘big fan of India’.