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APSCU Addresses New Rulemaking Process for Higher Education

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2013—Following the U.S. Department of Education's announcement of Public Hearings for Negotiated Rulemaking, APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson said, "As the U.S. Department of Education starts the negotiated rulemaking process, we hope it will work in partnership with all institutions of higher education and focus on strengthening the connection between postsecondary education and careers. We want to work with Congress and the administration to advance the interests of all students. Together, we can find consensus for new protocols that address accountability and transparency, while improving outcomes in all of higher education.

"We believe the reauthorization process of the Higher Education Act should define the major elements of a 21st century partnership for higher education. When the legislative process is completed, we look forward to working with the department to develop regulations that appropriately implement public policy. APSCU's HEA Reauthorization proposal recommends a path forward on affordability and addressing the skills gap, simplifying the federal financial aid process, and accountability and transparency. Our institutions are committed to putting the interests of students first. We look forward to working with both Congress and the administration to address the skills gap and opportunity gap that exist for our citizens."

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