Trump wants to start a univeristy… again.
President Donald Trump has proposed the creation of a federally funded online university called the “American Academy” that would offer free degrees and is intended to be an alternative to existing higher education institutions. To fund this initiative, he suggests imposing taxes on large private university endowments. The American Academy would not permit the teaching of “wokeness or jihadism.”
This proposal comes at a time when higher education in the United States is under increased scrutiny, with criticism aimed at some universities for their responses to various political and social issues. Trump’s plan would significantly reshape the landscape of American higher education, but it would require approval and support from Congress. It also stands in contrast to President Joe Biden’s approach, which includes efforts to provide debt relief and free community college, among other initiatives.
The former President has notably dabbled in higher education before with his Trump Univeristy venture which was the subject of several lawsuits before it’s closure.