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.”
The threat against a veteran’s right to choose where they gain career schools using their earned education benefits is more serious than most might imagine. Several candidates for president have already unveiled plans to eliminate veterans’ choice in higher education. In Washington, some members of Congress introduced partisan legislation to restrict freedom of education choice among veterans. The latest bill comes from Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL). In an opinion piece for Military Times, she even broadly labeled the credentials earned by veterans at career schools as “worthless” and the institutions as “predatory.”
To the Editor:
Your article, “The Business Case for Enrolling Military Veterans” (The Chronicle, June 4), peddled the same old arguments about taxpaying schools (read for-profit colleges for those that enjoy demonizing the sector).
You blamed “aggressive recruiting” for high veteran attendance at taxpaying colleges immediately after implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Maybe you were referring to the discredited 2010 GAO report that was rewritten because of major flaws found in the initial release.