Our Work

100 Day Docket

For the past four years, the Department of Education has been slashing vital protections for students, easing regulations to unleash predatory for-profit colleges, and putting our nation's higher education system at risk. The challenges facing students are urgent, and we cannot afford to wait for Congressional action. 

The 100 Day Docket will help a future Department of Education take immediate, decisive action to protect students and hold predatory schools accountable. Student Defense is publishing a series of reports identifying opportunities for the Department of Education to strengthen enforcement efforts and take administrative actions to protect students.  These initiatives include exercising underused authorities in the Higher Education Act to foster equity, implementing stronger protections for students, identifying new pathways to student loan relief, and bringing accountability to predatory colleges and other actors.

Policy Briefs

100 Day Docket Legal Advisors

The 100 Day Docket project is aided by an advisory panel of legal, civil rights, and higher education leaders.

  • Anurima Bhargava, former Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Saba Bireda, former Senior Counsel in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Office of General Counsel
  • Seth Galanter, former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
  • Jordan Grossman, former Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Chief of Staff, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jordan Matsudaira, former chief economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers
  • Seema Nanda, former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Solicitor of Labor, and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Raj Nayak, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Jacek Pruski, former Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, and Deputy Assistant Counsel at the White House
  • Joy Silvern, former Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education