The nation’s postsecondary career education colleges and universities produced 597,337 career professionals in 2017 according to a report released today. These results come despite an overall decrease in the number of schools and students in the sector, but they do not slow the sector’s “Campaign to Create 5 Million Career Professionals” within a decade.
“In the first two years of this campaign, our schools have produced 1,227,129 new career professionals.” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities. “While our sector’s total enrollment has declined, the growth in academic awards has substantially increased as we focus on student completions.”
Following Chairman Lamar Alexander’s speech on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities released the following statement:
“We applaud Chairman Alexander’s leadership on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and stand ready to assist him and all stakeholders in this effort. This is a critical time of higher education, and all students and institutions deserve a law that reflects the current reality. Everything has changed in higher education since the last Reauthorization in 2008 – student demographics; academic delivery technologies; growing focus on workforce skills – except the law.”
“We are supportive of Chairman Alexander’s efforts around simplifying FAFSA, modernizing repayment options for students, and creating a comprehensive loan repayment accountability system. CECU recently commissioned an assessment of repayment rate policies and the research found that a risk-adjusted approach, which factors in student demographics, is the most constructive in addressing student loan repayment performance.”
Gallup Research Shows 62% Increase in Alumni Median Personal Earnings for Career Education Colleges and Universities
A new Gallup research study of student satisfaction among graduates of a selection of the nation’s career education colleges and universities found a 62% increase in median personal earnings for the graduates surveyed. The Gallup research, commissioned by CECU, was conducted Sept. 25-Oct. 19, 2018 and includes responses from 3,203 recent CECU member institution alumni. Gallup remains one of the most independent and respected research firms and conducts numerous student and alumni satisfaction surveys among all sectors of higher education.
“The Gallup findings that most CECU career colleges and universities provide programs that prepare graduates to enter the workforce quickly, and in jobs that deeply interest them, confirms what was known by our alumni and schools, but little known outside our sector,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU. “This research by Gallup ends the debate regarding outcomes for our schools—Gallup conducted a random selection of the CECU schools and graduates to be interviewed. We are obviously pleased with the results.”
Career Education Colleges and Universities president and CEO Steve Gunderson called upon the Senator and House Members reviewing the recent closure of ECA to focus on the students. In a letter sent to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Elijah Cummings, and Suzanne Bonamici, Gunderson called upon Congress to review and revise the current legislative and regulatory guidelines to better prioritize “Keeping students in school.”
Career Education Colleges and Universities President and CEO Steve Gunderson called for a new era of bipartisanship in crafting higher education policy. In a letter sent to the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor Bobby Scott, Gunderson highlighted the unique opportunity before the Committee and higher education stakeholders:
“Your commitment to a bi-partisan Higher Education Reauthorization combined with Senator Alexander’s desire to complete this process gives us a unique opportunity to modernize the current act. This is so important. Everything has changed in the past ten years – the student demographics; the academic delivery technologies; and the growing focus on workforce skills – except the current law.”
CECU would like to acknowledge our members and other institutions supporting students impacted by campus closures.
By Amy Lipman
December 11, 2018
Students said they paid $30,000 for the program through student loans and they're unsure of how their credits will transfer to another institution, but Virginia College is recommending Keiser University or similar colleges.
Institutions Mentioned: Keiser University (but from Virginia College recommending them, not necessarily Keiser offering assistance)
Member Status: Member
Following the news that Education Corporation of America abruptly closed its campuses, Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, released the following statement:
“We concur with the U.S. Department of Education’s strong statement condemning Education Corporation of America’s decision to suddenly close its campuses. Innocent students are most at risk in these situations and they must be everyone’s priority.”