Yes Duke has switched to the Federal Direct Student Loan Program and it appears to be a good switch.
Now I would like to inquire what leadership role our President and other administrators played as the Bush and Obama Administrations and the Congress reshaped student aid programs. I am aware, for example, that Mr. Brodhead went to Washington to lobby for more faculty research dollars. And I am aware that on a more recent occasion during two days of jumping around Washington he discussed Duke's participation in expanded veterans' higher education programs. But what precisely did he do as crucial questions arose and crucial decisions were made in the much broader area of student aid?
Did he speak out? To whom? Was there a news conference? Did he write any op-ed articles?
I cannot find any evidence of Brodhead's involvement in this national debate of great consequence to students. But as always, Fact Checker is open to updates and correction.