April 12, 2012
APSCU Lauds Education Department Effort To Update Graduation Rate Reporting
Better Documenting Education Achievement By Non-Traditional Students Benefits Everyone
Washington, DC - Former Congressman and president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Steve Gunderson today issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Department of Education will update graduation rate reporting among institutions of higher learning, which includes accounting for part-time students and those who have previously attended post-secondary schools.
“Private sector colleges and universities educate and train non-traditional students, such as adults and veterans who have oftentimes taken a different path when seeking and obtaining their post-secondary education. As a result, we applaud news that the Department of Education is undertaking an effort to develop alternate measures of student success by institutions of higher learning to account for part-time students and those who have previously attended a post-secondary school. This is a meaningful change and will allow for more accurate statistics that are comparable to completion and graduation rates, and better reflect the realities of higher education in the 21st Century.”
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.