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APSCU Comments on
Composition of Gainful Employment
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2013—APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson today released a statement following the U.S. Department of Education's selection of the gainful employment negotiated rulemaking committee.

"The U.S. Department of Education's committee of negotiators for gainful employment rulemaking does not represent the diverse views of our institutions and students, those most likely to be impacted by a final regulation. This is unfortunate and disappointing.

"Repeating the biased and tainted process of the past, the committee has multiple representatives who are on record as supporting or work for entities that are blatant, vocal opponents of the existence of our institutions. If the past is any indication of what may follow, a committee with this make-up will create regulations that stifle education innovation, cost jobs, and displace the students who benefit most from career and job-focused training. These outcomes will undermine the administration's goal of increasing the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials in order to close the skills gap.

"To truly have a meaningful and valuable impact on postsecondary education going forward, the department should postpone this negotiated rulemaking session and work out with Congress a complementary schedule for both Higher Education Act reauthorization and the regulations to implement HEA.

"It is worth noting that bipartisan legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to stop the gainful employment regulation, as well as other forms of regulatory overreach. The pending legislation is supported by a number of postsecondary education stakeholders."

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