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 Defaults Drop the most Among Students from Private Sector Institutions

Today,the U.S. Department of Education released its three year cohort default rates. The data showed the overall decline in default rates was driven by private sector institutions. Additionally, when compared to community colleges, private sector institutions are doing a better job keeping students out of default – both interms of the rate and total number of defaulters.

The overall percentage of students that entered default within three years of leaving school declined from 13.7 percent to 11.8 percent in the latest release of data. This drop was driven by declines across all sectors, but not all sectors contributed evenly.


APSCU Statement on Obama Administration Community
College Announcement

Washington, D.C., September 9, 2015—APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson released the following statement today:

"Today's announcement by the Administration is just the latest extension of its multiyear effort against private sector participation in the delivery of higher education. While pushing down private sector institutions, the Administration continues to lift up the concept of free community college as the only solution for new traditional students. In doing so, they continue to ignore the millions of students who depend upon alternative education options created around career education.


  • Association to Focus on Postsecondary Career Education (07/14/2015)

    The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities announced today plans to focus its collective work on postsecondary education with career skills, in response to the essential need to empower 55 million new workers with the skills by 2020. The Association’s Board of Directors, in a meeting this week, directed the creation of a new organizational mission that emphasizes postsecondary career education.

  • Statement on APSCU v. Duncan (06/23/2015)

    Following today’s ruling in APSCU v. Duncan, APSCU’s General Counsel Sally Stroup released the following statement.


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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.