Career College Association Reacts to Department of Education Proposed Rules

The Career College Association (CCA) said today the Department of Education’s proposed rules appropriately focus on issues that cut across all sectors of higher education and, for the most part, have support from the higher education community by putting students first. CCA worked for several months to assist the Department of Education as new rules to better protect all students attending institutions of higher education were discussed and drafted.

CCA President Harris N. Miller said, "Secretary Duncan rightly listened to the concerns about gainful employment expressed by all sectors of higher education. We believe that his decision to focus on disclosure is the correct one. We look forward to working with him to continue to move this issue in a positive direction and to get it right for all students. We share the Department’s goal of making sure students are fully informed."

Issues remain, however, on key regulatory topics. Miller said, "CCA and its member institutions will send robust comments on those elements of the proposed rules that harm students, including the Department’s decision to end all incentive compensation safe harbors without offering alternative guidance. Incentive compensation as it stands is an extreme proposal that needs to be thought through carefully to protect students and to make sure that it does not become a lawyers’ relief act."

About CCA: The Career College Association (CCA) is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. CCA has 1,800 members that educate and support over one million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. CCA member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs: masters and doctoral degree programs, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs. Visit CCA at or follow us on Twitter: @ccanow.


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