Arlington, Va. – Today Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) announced the hiring of two new senior staffers, John Huston and Rachel Tripp. The additions are a significant step in the association’s efforts to ramp up its government relations and communications capabilities in response to new regulatory and legislative challenges faced by their members.
Over the past several weeks, CECU leaders have been involved in multiple discussions with high-level officials within President-elect Joe Biden's transition team. As part of these discussions, we were asked to submit a letter outlining CECU’s priorities and policy recommendations for the new administration’s Department of Education. After soliciting the views of the membership, we crafted the attached letter, which was sent to the Biden office on Monday.
Thank you to all the CECU members who offered feedback during this process. As always, please contact me or any of us at CECU if you have questions or would like to discuss this further.
Senior Vice President of Policy and Research
In December 2020, CECU released "Compliance and Best Practices in Student Inquiry Generation: A Guide for Schools", created by a taskforce of CECU. This report represents one of the most comprehensive studies ever produced by CECU. In some ways it is also the longest in terms of time. Late in 2017, CECU brought together a taskforce to begin the work of creating Best Practices in Leads Generation.
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) President and CEO, Dr. Jason Altmire, issued the following statement following President-Elect Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as the next U.S. Secretary of Education.
CECU Statement on Passage of the Veterans Healthy Care and Benefits Improvement Act; Establishing Universal Treatment of Colleges
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) applauds the passage of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Healthy Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, legislation which will help to safeguard our Veterans and their access to a quality education. This law has the potential to serve as the foundation for a common set of rules and standards to ensure that all students are treated equitably across all sectors of higher education, regardless of the education they choose.
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) marked its fourth consecutive year producing over 500,000 workforce-ready professionals. The sector graduated 529,371 students in 2019 skilled for a wide range of in-demand careers including: nursing, transportation, and business administration. The announcement was made at CECU’s annual CEO Summit in Denver.
“In 2016, our sector began a 10-year commitment to provide the nation with over five million new trained professionals,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU. “We remain on track to meet this commitment despite the number of schools in the sector declining. The good news is that the number of graduates per school continue to increase, resulting in higher numbers of skilled workers to contribute to the American economy.”