In 2016, the sector launched the "Campaign to Create 5 Million Career Professionals" over the next decade. This is our road map for success.
Our mission is to modernize and connect the Higher Education Act to jobs in ways that speak to both today's college students and their specific career needs.
ESTABLISHING ONE SET OF RULES FOR ALL SCHOOLS: One set of rules will help get rid of needless confusion and ensure that students have equal access to benefits, regardless of the type of institution they attend.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS ATTENDING AT-RISK INSTITUTIONS: Our schools will provide funding to enable the Department of Education to support and prioritize the educational needs of students attending at-risk institutions.
ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS: Financial aid should be designed to support accelerated academic progress, and its distribution should catch up to 21st century technology through debit cards issued to each student.
PROTECTING STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS: Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) should not be the subject of Department of Education regulation. A modern, legislative solution will provide a permanent and fair process that protects both the student and the school.
RESTORING DUE PROCESS: CECU proposes a number of recommendations to restore due process and ensure the Department's ideology is not wielded as a harmful tool against schools and students without any due process or recourse.
RECOGNIZING ALL STUDENTS, NOT JUST FIRST-TIME, FULL-TIME FRESHMEN: As the demographics of our students evolve, so too must the HEA. A modernized HEA will better serve minorities, single parents, first generation college students, and adults returning to school after years in the workplace.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) is pursuing thoughtful policy solutions to directly connect the Higher Education Act to jobs. We need to modernize our laws for the 21st century to help meet the nation's growing workforce demands.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States will need 46.5 million new workers by 2024 to fill new jobs and replace scores of retirees. Job training leads to job growth, and training and career education is not only critical to fulfilling the nation's workforce needs, it is key to fueling economic growth.
We must directly connect the Higher Education Act to jobs and modernize it for the 21st century. The nation's Career Education Colleges and Universities are poised for the future, ensuring workers have the skills and training necessary to get the best possible job.
Among the innovative ideas to directly connect the Higher Education Act to jobs, CECU proposes:
A new Workforce Pell Grant
A common set of outcome metrics for all schools' career programs
Converting the Gainful Employment rule into an informational metric for all career programs at all schools
A revised Ability-to-Benefit program
Connecting apprenticeship to academic degrees
Enhancing transfer of credit among schools
Connecting Work Study to a student's career studies
Universal income-based repayment
Recognition of and access to credentials
Supporting students attending at-risk institutions