Higher Education and Workforce Leaders
to Convene in Orlando
for 2013 APSCU Convention

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2013—Leaders from across higher education will convene at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) annual convention in Orlando, June 5-7, 2013. The three-day convention provides higher education leaders the opportunity to discuss the current postsecondary education environment, learn from peers, and participate in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions.

“Our convention comes at an incredible time for our institutions, their dedicated faculty and staff, and most importantly our students. Career-focused higher education is a critical component to filling the skills gap and lowering unemployment,” said David Pauldine, chairman of the APSCU board and president of DeVry University. “Our convention theme ‘Opportunity for All’ will help shape the dialogue during this annual event and throughout the year as we educate our nation’s students.”

The event will feature four keynote speakers:

  • Kenneth Gronbach, futurist and demographer, "Dramatic Changes in Demography and Education--Your Opportunity"
  • Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, “My Vision for Postsecondary Education”
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, “Opportunity and Excellence in Postsecondary Education for Minorities”
  • General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and presidential candidate, “Opportunity for Service”

In addition to more than 70 concurrent sessions, APSCU will feature special sessions on the best practice recommendations for military and veterans' education, marketing and advertising, career services and placement, and financial literacy

“We have designed the convention to provide a platform for a dialogue on higher education as our country works to close the skills gap. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education. The skills gap has prevented middle-class Americans from finding work and business owners from hiring workers they need with the proper skill set,” said APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson. “I look forward to participating in these vital discussions with our institutions’ educators.”

Members of the media can request credentials by e-mailing: press@apscu.org

About 2013 Annual Convention and Exposition: Opportunity for All
The 2013 APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. The three-day convention will feature 60 topical sessions in the context of 11 educational tracks. The event provides an opportunity for higher education and workforce leaders to address regulatory issues, establish and discuss best practices, and train professionals at all levels from the higher education industry.

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges, and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. APSCU has 1,700 members that educate and support more than three million students each year for employment in some 200 occupational fields. APSCU-member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs, including master's and doctoral degrees, two-year and four-year associate and bachelor's degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs.


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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.