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Private Sector Institutions’ Alumni Communities Above the Rest

APSCU Best Practices provide recommendations on expanding services and benefits to private sector institution graduates

Washington, D.C., January 22, 2015—In keeping with its commitment to provide a quality educational experience for new traditional students, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) has published “Best Practices for Alumni Communities.” The recommendations identify the essentials in building an alumni community for a variety of private sector institutions.

“The diversity of our students and institutions gives our sector the opportunity to prioritize services and benefits for graduates at a level different than other sectors of higher education,” said Steve Gunderson, the president and CEO of APSCU. “Our alumni communities reach beyond the usual alma mater comraderies you experience at other colleges and universities and focus on what matters most—career and academic success.”


APSCU Statement on the College Ratings Framework

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2014—Statement by Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, on the College Ratings Framework:

"If after nearly a year and half of work, this is all the Department can muster, it seems to support the long held belief by many in higher education that while a college rating system is admirable in theory, it is not feasible to create metrics that definitively assess the quality of so many institutions across the country.


  • APSCU Files Suit Against Anti-Student Gainful Employment Regulation (11/06/2014)

    Today, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), representing over 1,400 institutions educating millions of students, filed suit challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s new gainful employment regulation.

  • APSCU Offers Comments on the Higher Education Affordability Act (08/29/2014)

    APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) with comments on the Higher Education Affordability Act (HEAA), the discussion draft proposal for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

  • APSCU Statement on Senate HELP Committee Majority Staff Report (07/30/2014)

    Following the release of a report on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits from U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, APSCU's vice president of military and veterans affairs Michael Dakduk released the following statement.

  • APSCU Announces 2014 Achievement Award Winners (06/04/2014)

    APSCU announced the recipients of the 2014 Achievement Awards. This year, APSCU will honor the accomplishments of an educator and a graduate within the private sector college community.


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.