Former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the two GOP presidential frontrunners, have both promised a crackdown on colleges should they occupy the White House — a stark reflection of the right’s growing skepticism of higher education.

Between the lines: Some Republican complaints about colleges are related to broader concern about “wokeness” and free speech. But others hint at deeper questions about the value of college, and how to ensure a degree comes with an appropriate economic return.

Driving the news: In a video posted on his website last week, Trump pledged to “fire the radical Left accreditors” and hire new ones “who will impose real standards on colleges.”

  • Some of those standards would include “protecting free speech,” “removing all Marxist diversity, equity, and inclusion bureaucrats,” and “implementing college entrance and exit exams to prove that students are actually learning and getting their money’s worth.”
  • Last month, DeSantis sued the Biden administration over the college accreditation system, alleging it’s unconstitutional, Inside Higher Ed reports. Students who receive federal aid must attend an accredited college […]
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