FOIA Request Reveals Department’s Misleading Sources

One of the most frequent criticisms leveled against proprietary colleges by critics, ranging from senators to mainstream media reporters, is that their admissions’ offices have routinely misrepresented job placement rates, loan terms and future career prospects. Such questionable behaviors, committed by a handful of unscrupulous institutions, led the Department of Education to consider how egregious practices might be curbed. The result? The polarizing and highly contentious Gainful Employment Rule, which was released on October 31. As we’ve asserted before, we support the motives behind Gainful Employment, and believe that all colleges should prioritize…Read more …

The GE’s “Negative Impact on All Sectors of Higher Education”

The potentially devastating impact and consequences of the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Rule has become clear, even to those whom the rule is not supposed to impact. Indeed, an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education – “Public-College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.’s ‘Regulatory Culture’” – sheds light on the frustrations of many leaders in the higher education space, including those from non-profit, public colleges and institutions, over the Department’s policy proposals and regulatory actions. George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College – a public college in New Jersey –…Read more …

The DOE’s Dismissal of NY State’s Regulatory Authority

As evidenced by our lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Southern District of New York, the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) takes great issue with the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Rule and its arbitrary and capricious metrics that our member colleges will be bound to simply due to their “for-profit” status. Biased though such narrow regulatory targeting may be, our concerns are not limited strictly to the rule’s targeting of proprietary schools. Among the complaints we listed in our lawsuit is how the GE regulation conflicts with the regulatory standards and…Read more …

Bryant & Stratton College: Putting Students’ Employability First for 160 Years

With a wide and varied amount of course offerings, APC member colleges provide ample opportunities to students with diverse interests throughout the state of New York. While we have primarily focused on those located in the New York metropolitan area – including Monroe College, The School of Visual Arts, LIM College and Berkeley College – this week we turn our attention to a school celebrating its 160th anniversary, based upstate in Buffalo, New York: Bryant & Stratton College. Founded over a century and a half ago in 1854, Bryant & Stratton has certainly…Read more …

Association of Proprietary Colleges Files Lawsuit Challenging Validity of Gainful Employment Rule

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC), an organization representing New York’s degree-granting, proprietary colleges, announced that it filed suit in the Southern District of New York earlier today challenging the validity of the Department of Education's recently issued Gainful Employment (GE) Rule. A copy of the complaint can be found here. Through the GE Rule, the Department of Education seeks to identify poorly performing higher education programs that don’t prepare students for gainful employment. APC contends that the Rule, which was published last week, is unconstitutional, violates the plain language of the statute, and is arbitrary…Read more …

Albany Times Union: APC’s Donna Gurnett-Stelling Counters Critics

Last week, a partisan piece about proprietary colleges from the Washington Post was reprinted in the Albany Times-Union, the daily newspaper in our backyard. As with much of the coverage to be found these days, it contained quite a bit of "half-truths" and misrepresentations that maligned the good work that the vast majority of proprietary colleges do every day. APC reached out to the Times-Union's editors requesting an opportunity to tell the rest of the proverbial story, which they granted. The resulting published commentary by APC president Donna Stelling-Gurnett, entitled “Private and Successful…Read more …