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ED Announces Plan to End Gainful Employment Rule

July 27, 2018

The Department of Education through Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to end the regulations which required for-profit and vocational schools to provide “gainful employment” to the students that move through their programs. The regulation was one of the defining for-profit student consumer safeguards put into place by the Obama administration. The rules would cut off federal student loans to colleges if data showed that their graduates did not earn enough money from a decent job. The regulations also required schools to notify whether they had met these standards in promotional marketing to prospective learners.

The current administration’s plan includes holding institutions accountable through a proposed federal database, or utilizing the existing data and information for the College Scorecard.

UPCEA is a proud founding member of advocacy groups such as the Today's Students Coalition as well as the National Adult Learner Coalition.

UPCEA Policy Committee

Mary Niemec, University of Nebraska, Co-Chair
Dick Senese, Capella University, Co-Chair

Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Allison Friederichs, University of Denver
Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming


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