April 18, 2012

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APSCU Responds To Legislation Introduced By Senators Hagan And Harkin


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 new legislation introduced by Senators Kay Hagan (D, NC) and Tom Harkin (D, IA):

"While the bill introduced by Senators Hagan and Harkin applies to all sectors of higher education, it is clearly another attempt by some policy makers to try and put private sector colleges and universities out of business. It also reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the students we serve and the public service we provide. Many of our students (79% of 4-year program students and 47% of 2-year program students) are adult, non-traditional students that can't be reached through a high school guidance counselor."

"At a time when America is facing a need to increase the number of workers with postsecondary education by 8 - 23 million over the next decade, we should all be working together to enhance access, outcomes, and professional opportunities for all students. Legislative proposals like this only create more burdensome regulations affecting our ability to ensure that all Americans have access to a high-quality education so they can develop the skills needed to compete and succeed in the 21st Century workforce."


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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.