Washington, DC - September 22, 2016 - The below statement can be attributed to Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU:
"The U.S. Department of Education's decision today will have horrible ramifications for hundreds of thousands of students, thousands of dedicated faculty and staff, and hundreds of communities and employers that rely on institutions accredited by ACICS.
An exciting announcement comes from Pima Medical Institute, a CECU member institution, whose Mesa campus nursing associate degree program was named number one in the state by the Arizona Board of Nursing in its 2015 report.
Taking a look at the numbers, this recognition becomes even more impressive. While the state of Arizona shows a National Council Licensure Examination’s (NCLEX) pass rate of 82.95% and an on-time graduation rate of 67.67%, Pima Medical’s Mesa campus boasts a 91.67% pass rate and a 92% on-time graduation rate for 2015.
The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc. (CEHE), a nonprofit group of colleges and CECU member organization, has announced that they will launch a $1 million grant program in support of displaced ITT Tech students who want to continue their education.
Commenting on ITT Tech's announcement that it will discontinue academic operations permanently, CECU president and CEO Steve Gunderson said:
Washington, DC – September 2, 2016 – This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.8 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.6 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand "job-ready" employees and prospective employees are simply not able to bridge the skills gap without appropriate career education and training.
Career Education Colleges and Universities Sends Open Letter to Members of Congress in Response to Recent Announcement Regarding ITT Tech
Washington, DC – August 26, 2016 – CECU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent an open letter to members of Congress in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s recent announcement that ITT Tech will longer be permitted to enroll students using Title IV funds.
In the letter, Gunderson writes:
By Sarah Horn, Vice President of Retention, Helix Education
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly half of students who begin college do not continue to complete their degree. In the United States:
This is a devastating reality in higher education today—one that comes at an extremely high cost to students, institutions, and society at large. Many institutions spend a lot of effort and money getting students into their programs only to shift the onus largely onto the student to persist through to graduation. To ensure students both enroll and graduate, institutions must employ strategies that address retention from the very first inquiry, and through the entire student lifecycle. By basing student interactions on both data and coaching during both the enrollment and retention stages of the student lifecycle, institutions can ultimately improve outcomes and grow enrollment.