Coalition Urges Secretary Duncan To Adequately Represent Career Colleges On Rulemaking Committee

Washington, DC — December 23, 2011 — Today, the Coalition for Educational Success sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the recently announced negotiators for the rulemaking committee established to prepare regulations governing student loan programs.

The Coalition sent the letter because the negotiating committee does not include adequate representation from the career college sector when compared to other sectors of higher education. The committee has six times as many members and alternatives from the public and private non-profit sectors of higher education as from the career college sector.

In the letter, Penny Lee, Managing Director of the Coalition wrote, “a biased negotiating committee will produce nothing but regulations that reflect an unbalanced representation, like the initial gainful employment regulation. Out of the 32 members that negotiated the gainful employment regulation, only two representatives of career colleges were included.  No equal or fair process can possibly come from such disproportionate representation.”

The Coalition asked Secretary Duncan to extend and expand the committee formation process to include a fair representation of the career college sector.

The Coalition for Educational Success
The Coalition for Educational Success includes many of the nation's leading career colleges. Career colleges provide training for students in 17 of the 20 fastest growing fields. The Coalition advocates for policies that support wider access to higher education, particularly for non-traditional students including full-time workers, workforce returners, working parents, minorities and veterans.

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