Policy & Issues
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) represents its members’ interests before congress, executive branch departments and agencies, as well as state governments. In order to do this, APSCU meets with government officials and advocates for policies which benefit our 2 million students and 1,450 institutions we represent.
Today, in America, there exists a very real skills gap that is impeding job creation and economic growth. It serves as a barrier keeping citizens from realizing their dreams. Private sector colleges and universities are breaking down walls by providing skills-based, career-focused training in high-demand industries that leads to good-paying jobs. Learn more >>
PSCUs provide millions of students with the specific skills-based education they need to excel in many high-demand occupations. Many of our students are juggling work, family, and school and need the focused academic delivery and flexible schedules private sector schools provide. Our schools offer these students a more efficient approach to completing their education so that they may sooner begin their pursuit of a brighter future.
PSCUs are continually investing heavily to offer students leading-edge innovation and to expand capacity. Our schools are not dependent on brick-and-mortar facilities to expand access; they can meet the growing demand for postsecondary education through vastly expanding online technology offerings. Meanwhile, due to public funding cuts, many traditional colleges and universities are forced to limit access. Our nation can only effectively fill these types of gaps by increasing opportunities for students, which private sector colleges and universities have demonstrated they do and do well. Learn More >>
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 million unemployed and 90 million underemployed 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.