APSCU Statement On Gainful Employment Litigation
Washington, DC – March 8, 2016 - Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling on APSCU’s litigation against the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment regulation, APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson released the following statement:
“When the first gainful employment regulation was struck down by the courts, we expressed hope that the era of overregulation and litigation would give way to a public-private partnership focused on giving Americans the occupational skills they need to succeed in the workforce. We again call on the Department to engage with us in finding ways to enhance both quality and opportunity for all students – especially those seeking employment skills.
“Judging an academic program by a debt to income ratio does not define academic quality. If it did, many programs all across higher education would fail. This sector is very different today than it was when the Department published its first gainful employment regulation years ago. As a country, we need to be very careful that overregulation does not result in denying access to students seeking a higher education.”