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APSCU Response To Attorneys General


Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities - May 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today released the following statement in response to the letter by attorneys general to Congressional leaders concerning veterans’ educational benefits becoming subject to the “90/10 rule”:

“Unfortunately, it appears some elected officials are more concerned with repeating regurgitated attacks against private sector colleges and universities than looking at critical facts concerning our sector of higher education.  Career-oriented schools are already some of the most highly regulated in the country with a network of federal, state and non-governmental accrediting bodies, which provide a significant degree of oversight over their actions.  Each state controls its licensure of schools, which allows attorneys general to take appropriate action against individual institutions as opposed to maligning an entire industry.

"Since the enactment of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, more than 152,000 veterans, spouses and dependents have individually decided to attend private sector colleges and universities due to our flexible scheduling and tailored curriculum, which provides non-traditional students the skills and training they need.  90/10 says nothing about our schools and everything about our students by putting them at a disadvantage and limiting their career choices.  Most of our students are adults and often veterans or working parents returning to school.  Our schools provide them career-based education equipping them with real skills for real jobs."