Gainful Employment Regulation Public Comment Period Now Open
The U.S. Department of Education has issued their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Gainful Employment regulation. Comments to
Docket ID ED-02014-OPE-0039 will be accepted until May 27, 2014.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Select the profile you identify with the most to the right and let the Department know you oppose the regulation.
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed gainful employment regulation will severely limit access and opportunity for students seeking career skills and training. The regulation will deny millions of students access to the program of their choice.
The proposed regulation does not focus on academic quality or lifetime earnings gained from education. Instead, it uses arbitrary metrics to evaluate programs. The result will disproportionally impact programs that serve minorities, veterans and at-risk students. It will also have an immediate impact on the ability of employers to access skilled employees.
Private sector colleges and universities serve nearly four million students. These institutions provide flexible and innovative programs for students who are juggling work, family and school. The proposed regulation would create barriers to student access and choice without addressing issues of quality.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 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.