Failure to Find Consensus on Gainful Employment Proposal Shows Broad Disagreement with the Government’s Proposal
Arlington, VA – Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee on Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility took a consensus check on the Department’s proposed gainful employment (GE) rule. The negotiators failed to reach a consensus, with more than 1/3 of the negotiators voting against the proposal, including negotiators representing proprietary, two-year public, private nonprofit, four-year public, and minority-serving institutions, to name a few.
“The number of negotiators voting against the Department of Education’s gainful employment proposal shows that there is broad disapproval across higher education with the Department’s proposed rule,” said CECU’s President and CEO, Dr. Jason Altmire. “We continue to be disappointed that GE targets only for-profit colleges and nondegree programs, which make up only a sliver of all students pursuing a postsecondary education. The Department is essentially proposing a massive GE loophole, where public and nonprofit schools get a pass, no matter their student outcomes.”
In addition, CECU continues to be frustrated by the Department’s refusal to add an earnings appeal process and a transition period, both of which were in the 2014 GE rule. The Department also refuses to calculate debt to earnings (D/E) rates for all programs at all institutions, even if just for informational purposes, robbing students of transparency as they consider what institution to attend.
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Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) is the national association serving the proprietary higher education sector.
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