APSCU Comments on First
Negotiated Rulemaking Session
on Gainful Employment
U.S. Department of Education continues
flawed public policy process
Washington, D.C., September 11, 2013—Following the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Education's first negotiated rulemaking session on a proposed regulation on gainful employment, APSCU Vice President of Communications Noah Black released the following statement:
"The diverse views expressed by the negotiating committee as to what is a quality program demonstrates why this matter should be left to the Congress and addressed during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
"As several negotiators noted, institutions cannot control the economy, the availability of jobs, and where students choose to live and work. Yet the proposed regulations would determine the quality of education programs on those metrics.
"The department's actions risk denying hundreds of thousands of students access to postsecondary education, new skills, and good jobs. It will hamper the ability of our country to meet the administration's goal of closing the skills gap by increasing the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials."
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 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.