August 19, 2019 – Arlington, VA – Following the introduction of the “Student Loan Disclosure Transparency Act of 2019”, CECU president and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Representative Donna Shalala commending the bipartisan bill:
“While we have shared with you our concerns over your legislation that would result in 185,000 veterans losing their access to the education program of their choosing, we want to applaud you for introducing the “Student Loan Transparency Act” of 2019. This bipartisan piece of legislation is a welcome addition to the higher education policy landscape.”
August 15, 2019 –Tempe, AZ – Over 500 military veterans from dozens of career education colleges and universities have joined Veterans for Career Education (VCE) to protect their right to use their earned GI Bill benefit at the school of their choice. In three weeks, the “Let VETS Choose Tour” has hosted rallies at eight campuses in seven cities bringing together veterans who are students, graduates, or educators at career colleges.
The state authorization fiasco in California is the sort of unintended consequence that can occur when policy makers impose rules only on one sector of higher education, writes Steve Gunderson.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently put as many as 80,000 students who live in California but attend an out-of-state public or nonprofit postsecondary school in peril. But it wasn't her fault! A federal court earlier this year ordered the U.S. Department of Education to enforce an Obama-era law on state authorization for online programs despite the Trump administration’s repeatedly stated concerns with the rule’s unintended consequences and attempts to pause implementation of the rule until next year to rewrite it.
Career Education Colleges and Universities announced today that its member institutions have achieved a 59% graduation rate! In making the announcement, CECU’s president Steve Gunderson shared that over 500 campuses produced over 52,346 graduations in 2018. “Outcomes matter,” he said. “When Members of Congress referenced a GAO Report stating that our sector had only a 22% graduation rate, I knew they were wrong. We verified our member school’s graduation rates with U.S. Department of Education data.”
CECU Board Member and U.S. Air Force Veteran Tim McMahon Testifies before House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
Today, U.S. Air Force veteran and CECU board member Tim McMahon testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on pending legislation impacting veterans.
In written testimony, Mr. McMahon said the following on a draft bill changing the 90/10 rule, "As a veteran that takes great joy in supporting other veterans at Triangle Tech, I don’t want to see veterans denied the opportunity to enroll at career schools. Please consider the drastic impact of changing 90/10 before advancing this bill."
Read Mr. McMahon's full testimony here.
After four years of serving our country in the Air Force, I began a career as an educator in Pennsylvania. For 4½ decades, I have worked with students and employers all across Pennsylvania to give students in-demand skills and give employers career-ready graduates.
At Triangle Tech, we have had the privilege of educating thousands of former service members. Recently, we have been discussing with our student veterans and alumni veterans why they chose to attend our career schools versus some other type of school in the community, and asked them what they think about proposals in Congress to limit access for veterans.
June 28, 2019 - Following the release of the U.S. Department of Education’s final decision on gainful employment, Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, released the below statement:
“The U.S. Department of Education’s final decision commits our nation’s entire higher education system to full transparency. The Department has implemented the most significant consumer protection for all students, in all programs, at all schools in years. Instead of picking and choosing winners and losers in higher education, the Department will make available, in a student friendly and transparent manner, key data points at a program level for all programs at all schools.”