Arlington, Va. — Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) President and CEO Dr. Jason Altmire today delivered the association’s comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the upcoming negotiated rulemaking.
The testimony emphasized CECU’s support for accountability for schools and protection of students, and encouraged the Department to consider alternative accountability measures that will apply to all sectors of higher education and protect all students equally.
Dr. Altmire had this to say about the proceedings:
“During this week’s hearings, we heard too many students recount emotional stories of unmanageable loan debt, overly bureaucratic processes, and broken promises. We must recognize these systemic challenges faced by all sectors of higher education and collectively work to implement common-sense reforms that apply to all institutions equally. CECU looks forward to partnering with the Department and other stakeholders to ensure that all higher education institutions, regardless of tax status, provide the outcomes that students and taxpayers expect and deserve.”
Dr. Altmire’s testimony also articulated the association’s stance on gainful employment, borrower defense, and the importance of working together to ensure that student needs are met across sectors.
A copy of the full written testimony can be viewed here.
On May 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced its intent to establish multiple negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for the Title IV, HEA programs. The announcement included the suggested topics for regulation, a public hearing schedule, and instructions for how institutions and other stakeholders can participate in the rulemaking process.
CECU strongly encouraged members and all other proprietary institutions and stakeholders to participate in the Title IV rulemaking.
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