February 6, 2013                      

Kevin Lawlor, 301-686-8025

APSCU Issues Statement on Lumina Foundation / Gallup Study, “America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign”

Study shows public opinion aligns with private sector mission to provide career focused, skills based education.

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today released the following statement in response to the Lumina Foundation / Gallup Study, “America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign.”

The study shows that 72% of Americans believe in the value of postsecondary education, and 67% believe it is a “very important” part of getting a job.

“When translated into real numbers, the study shows that there are 28 million adults who are searching out some additional level of post-secondary education, and that 67% of all Americans believe post-secondary education is an important part of finding a good job.  Consider this on the heels of last week’s study of incoming college freshman, of whom 88% said their top priority was finding a good job, and its becomes clear that career education as a post-secondary option is more and more favorable among a wide range of Americans.  Private sector colleges and universities are delivering a career focused, skills based curriculum that helps to bridge America’s skills gap.  Studies such as these highlight that our mission is becoming America’s mission."



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 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.