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February 13, 2012

APSCU Responds To President Obama's New Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s new budget proposal, former Congressman Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) issued the following statement:
 
“Our commitment is to education that leads to greater training and jobs. This will require all sectors of postsecondary education to be key partners in providing this service. We applaud President Obama for producing a budget that proposes equipping America’s students with the skills they need to get hired.  Private sector colleges and universities are committed to providing skills-based educational opportunities that prepare students to enter the workforce immediately and succeed. 
 
“With some studies projecting that between 8 million and 23 million additional graduates of postsecondary institutions will be required to fill American jobs by 2025, the President has started an important conversation about the appropriate path forward toward meeting this national goal. Recognizing the limits of federal, state and local budgets, we are prepared to be full partners with our higher education colleagues in providing this additional access to postsecondary education. We look forward to being a part of that process and working with the Obama Administration and Congress to create programs that help students in the most efficient manner possible.  We cannot afford to let complicated rules and regulations bog down efforts to deliver postsecondary educational opportunities to those students and workers who need it most.”

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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.