Proposed Gainful Employment Regulation Puts Thousands of Programs Serving Over 200,000 Students At Risk

On Wednesday, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) issued a press release opposing the Department of Education’s second take on the “gainful employment” rule.

The proposed draft goes well beyond the scope and impact of the previously promulgated regulation and puts at risk over 2,000 postsecondary education programs that are currently serving over 200,000 students.

The proposal more than doubles the number of programs required to report under the regulation and nearly doubles the number of programs that fail.

“There should be no doubt about the Department’s true intention here. This regulation, developed by the Department for consideration by a panel of negotiators stacked with individuals opposed to the very existence of our institutions, will cut off access to postsecondary education for the students who stand to benefit the most,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the APSCU. “At a time when America is facing a growing skills gap, and many Americans are facing an opportunity gap, the Department should be working with all sectors of higher education to promote access, simplification, and accountability. Instead, the Department is continuing down the path of eliminating opportunity and choice for many new traditional students who are simply not interested in attending a four-year university. We will not idly standby and allow the Department to limit access to critical postsecondary education programs that address the skills gap and capacity gap that exist in this country.

Military Vets Struggle With New Campus Life

Making it through two tours of combat in the Middle East doesn’t prepare you for college says Dario DiBattista in his PolicyMic article that ran this week. Leaving behind a strict regiment for a world of books, parties, and dates has some vets struggling to make the grade. Read the full story here.

Colleges Still Raising Tuition Costs

The Atlanta Journal – Constitution reviewed the latest higher education study by the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP and found that 51 percent of colleges are considering tuition hikes or had already increased tuition to make up for cuts in state and federal funding.

“Higher education leaders are keenly aware that parents have lower credit scores as a result of the downturn and are facing tighter loan underwriting standards,” said Milford McGuirt, KPMG’s National Audit Sector Leader for Higher Education & Not-for-Profits. “Education leaders are increasingly squaring up to this reality and are thinking critically about steps they can take to make college more affordable and accessible without compromising quality.”

By Marc Apple