- Speaking to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Tuesday, Representative Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who leads the subcommittee on higher education, criticized private college presidents for not standing up for for-profit colleges.
- In her criticism, Foxx used a Holocaust reference, adapting the statement "First they came for the communists, and I did nothing because I was not a communist" into "First they came for the for-profits, and I didn't speak up...," adding that nobody "really spoke up like they should have."
- Foxx is a former community college president and has created controversy with past statements, but the fear that regulations like the "gainful employment" rule would be applied to all institutions was a concern shared by private college presidents at the annual NAICU meeting.
From the article:
In remarks to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Tuesday, a Republican Congresswoman used a Holocaust reference to suggest that private college leaders should have stood up to the Obama administration's regulation of for-profit colleges. In criticizing the private college presidents, Representative Virginia Foxx, the North Carolina Republican who leads the subcommittee on higher education, adapted the famous statement from the German theologian Martin Niemöller on Germans who ignored Nazi persecution. ...