July 16, 2012
AJ Casale, 202-674-6480

Career Colleges & Universities Continue To Be A Growing Choice For Postsecondary Students

Increases In Enrollment & Degrees Earned, While Tuition Grows At A Lower Rate

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), today issued the following statement in response to newly released U.S. Department of Education data showing increases in enrollment and number of degrees earned at career colleges and universities as well as lower tuition growth:

“The Department of Education released a report based on preliminary data that shows enrollment at private sector colleges and universities increased 5.3 percent compared to 2.1 percent at all institutions between 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  In addition, career colleges and universities saw an increase of 16.5 percent in the number of degrees earned compared to just 6 percent overall.  And while our institutions are the choice of a growing number of students seeking better jobs and improved lives, increases in the tuition and fees at private sector colleges and universities were at a lower rate than other institutions.  This preliminary data released by the federal government continues to demonstrate that career colleges and universities are a growing choice among postsecondary students. Non-traditional students, such as parents and veterans, are choosing our schools because we offer flexibility in course scheduling, skills-based curricula, and high-quality training that is leading to good-paying jobs, allowing more Americans to enter the middle class while growing the economy.  We look forward to the Department's full report later this year.”


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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.