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Shortage of Skills in the Beauty and Wellness Industry

May 6, 2016 - Washington, DC – This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.4 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 education and training.


In its sixth look at the shortage of skills in America, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) partnered with the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) to highlight the concerns of the multi-billion dollar beauty and wellness industry, which include product manufacturers and distributors, independent salons and spas, major chain and franchise salons, as well as the institutions who provide them with licensed professionals.  

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics da

APSCU's Gunderson Asks Secretary King for Delay to Gainful Employment Regulation

Washington, DC - April 14, 2016 - APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Secretary John King asking for a one year delay in the imposition of any penalties related to the gainful employment regulation. 

In the letter Gunderson writes that the purpose of the request "is to enable institutions to transition their programs in response to the Department's planned debt-to-earnings ratios scheduled for release this year. The basis for this request is three recent studies making clear that rece

  • 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.

  • 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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800k graduates

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.