November 13, 2017 – Arlington, Virginia – As the first round of negotiated rulemaking under the Trump Administration convenes later this morning, Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) called for a balanced set of new rules. Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU, issued the following statement:
“My hope is that this time we can create a set of regulations that can stand the test of time. In the past we have seen negotiated rulemaking become nothing more than the vehicle for those with ideological agendas to launch their campaign against students and schools engaged in postsecondary career education. Unfortunately there was not an attempt at creating a balanced, fair rule for all schools.
We owe our students better. Any student who is the victim of academic fraud must be protected. We even support a legislative protection, not just a regulatory protection that can change with the change in administrations. But we need to establish a process that is fair to the student, the school and all engaged in the process. It must provide independent consideration of the issues and resolve such petitions for relief in a clear, fair and expedited process.
In the past I appealed directly and indirectly to Secretary Duncan and Secretary King to find common ground. They refused to do so. My hope is that this time we can develop regulations that are so fair and so clear they can stand the test of time. We owe nothing less to our students, to the schools who serve them, and the communities who depend on their career skills.”