Washington, D.C., September 9, 2015—APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson released the following statement today:
"Today's announcement by the Administration is just the latest extension of its multiyear effort against private sector participation in the delivery of higher education. While pushing down private sector institutions, the Administration continues to lift up the concept of free community college as the only solution for new traditional students. In doing so, they continue to ignore the millions of students who depend upon alternative education options created around career education.
"The reality is that new traditional students want accelerated, focused programs that move them from the classroom to their new careers as quickly as possible. The promise of 'free community college for all' papers over the reality that enacting such a program would come with an astronomical price tag for taxpayers.
"Instead of the Administration picking winners and losers based on politics instead of outcomes, they should work with Congress to lift up the diversity of America's higher education system and advance policies that provide access and opportunity for all students."