Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Obama Hires University of Phoenix Graduate

by Daniel L. Bennett

Our friend Kevin Kuzma at Career College Central has passed along some fascinating news. After a nearly year long search, Obama has appointed Howard Schmidt as the new Cybersecurity Coordinator. As Kevin pointed out,
Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters
This is somewhat of an amazing announcement, as the current Administration and Department of Eduction has been highly critical of the career college sector, threatening increased regulation. The Apollo Group, owners of UoP, has particularly been a target of heightened scrutiny. Kevin called out the double standard of this action quite nicely by stating:
this is a confusing choice given Schmidt’s background. Why choose someone who graduated from an institution whose reputability your very own administration is calling into question? Such a move has encouraged me to question Mr. Obama and his thought process. He’s shown himself to be an intelligent man. Given the impression that his administration has created about the University of Phoenix, this is more than just a bad PR move. Using his own logic, he’s hired Schmitt … someone who might not be qualified … and yet we all know that’s not the case.


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