Eau Claire, WI — Aug. 10, 2010 — The newly formed Students for Academic Choice today announced publication of their web site, www.studentsforacademicchoices.org, as part of their campaign to establish a larger voice in Washington, D.C. for students of private, post-secondary career colleges and universities.
"With an online presence, it will be much easier to attract and engage interested people from among the 2.8 million post-secondary career college students in the U.S.," said Dawn Connor, president of Students for Academic Choice (SAC). "We represent an underserved student population of working adults, veterans and current military students, parents, minorities and first generation college students who are trying to improve our lives and those of our families."
Connor said that earlier this year the organization was able to obtain 32,000 student signatures on a petition expressing strong opposition to a new Department of Education "gainful employment" rule tying federal student loan levels into beginning salaries. Since then, the Department has drafted a complex version of the rule primarily impacting students at career colleges without applying it to students in public institutions.
“We feel this rule will block access for many non-traditional college students, and will violate the rights of students to pursue the education that best fulfills their needs.” Connor said the new web site includes information on the SAC officers, events, news, SAC information, FAQ’s, and most importantly, student testimonials both in print and on video. She said any students that would like to participate may send their written testimonial or video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students that would like to become a member of SAC can go to the website and click on "Become a Member."
About Students for Academic Choice
Students for Academic Choice (SAC) is a group of students and graduates of private postsecondary career oriented institutions who have banded together to have a voice in Washington. We want to ensure that all students have access to a quality education best suited to their own life and financial situations and the complexities of the 21st century; to recognize the need of non-traditional students to have access to postsecondary education in order to gain the skills demanded by a changing workforce; and to ensure the value of our education and the institutions we have chosen to attend is communicated clearly and consistently to employers, to those who set higher education policy, and to other stakeholders committed to the United States’ goal of regaining its preeminent role in higher education.