The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it would stop accepting applications from people who retired in 2017.
The new policy came after a review of applications by the agency found that some of the applications had been submitted with improper information and the data had been manipulated.
Education Department spokesman Steve McCausland said in a statement that the department was looking for people to return to the field who are “experienced and respected researchers in areas that have been neglected for too long.”
McCausland did not give a timeline for when the new policy would take effect.
More than 40 universities around the country have decided to resume accepting applications.
The number of people who are eligible for the program rose from 1,500 to nearly 4,000 in the past decade.
Many universities said they have been able to recruit the people they need, but it has not been easy.
A number of schools, including Georgetown University, Penn State, and Rutgers University, are also accepting applications, though the process can take up to six months.
While many students are still looking for a job, McCauslands statement said, they are being encouraged to explore careers that involve teaching, writing, teaching at community colleges, teaching for research or in other professions.
McCusland said the Department of Justice is “currently conducting a review” into the program, and that it is “investigating the appropriateness of this program to continue the careers of individuals who have already made significant contributions to society.”
The Trump administration has sought to make sure there are no more people in academia whose career path is being thwarted by their retirement, saying in the last few years that there have been too many academics who leave academia, and are leaving a legacy of academic neglect.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly said the system is stacked against the next generation of academics and called for an end to the “dead end” of funding that is not being given to graduate students.
But in recent months, Trump’s administration has been focused on expanding the program that helps those with disabilities get back into academia.
Earlier this month, the Department also announced plans to make it easier for universities to offer more research-based career options to students who have disabilities.
In addition, the Trump administration announced plans for a review to see if there is an economic benefit to bringing back the program.
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