For-Profit Lobbying Group to Appeal Gainful Employment Ruling

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), the for-profit higher education lobbying group, announced last week that it would appeal a recent federal court ruling that upheld the U.S. Education Department's gainful employment rules. 

In June, Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a legal challenge brought by the association, dismissing claims that the new regulation is "arbitrary and capricious and in violation of federal law." A different federal court also upheld the rules in response to a legal challenge by a for-profit association in New York.

APSCU said it would appeal Judge Bates' decision, arguing that gainful employment "needlessly complicates the efforts of new traditional students to achieve a career-focused education that helps them get jobs, and we will continue to fight to keep opportunities open for students who are often struggling to juggle family, work and school."

The gainful employment rule, which took effect last Wednesday, requires vocational programs to meet minimum thresholds with the debt-to-income rates of graduates.


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Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities News Release

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