“We thank Representative Salmon and the bipartisan group of co-sponsors for introducing the “Transparency in Education Act” that would require Secretary Duncan to fully understand the impact of the gainful employment regulation on all programs, and at all institutions, before implementation of the regulation. We call on all of our partners in higher education to support this important legislation.
“To hold programs that serve historically underserved students to one standard, while failing to understand how all programs at all institutions would fare under those exact same metrics is nonsensical.
“There is a growing recognition across the ideological spectrum that all sectors of higher education, and the government, should be working to develop one set of outcome metrics.
“This bill's transparency is exactly what is needed to ensure that all stakeholders in higher education can understand the impact of arbitrary metrics on student access and work proactively toward increased access and strengthening outcomes for all of higher education.”
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 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.