Career Education Colleges and Universities condemned the latest assault on postsecondary career education (H.R. 4206) by Representatives Takano and Shalala. “They have the right title for a legislative goal (“Student and Taxpayer Protection Act”), but their proposal totally misses the mark,” said Steve Gunderson, President. “If you want to protect all students and all taxpayers you will establish a common set of outcome metrics for all programs at all schools; and then you will mandate universal transparency.”
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.