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As the national association representing postsecondary proprietary career schools, CECU is the “go-to” source for media looking for comment on stories important to our sector, resulting in significant coverage in every major newspaper in the country and hundreds of local outlets.

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Riley Burr has joined Career Education Colleges and Universities as director of policy and research. She was previously a research assistant at the American Institutes for Research.

Politico logoBipartisan short-term Pell expansion clears first hurdle (Who are the Power Players?) – December 27, 2023
“CECU has long supported accountability measures that are fair and provide equal protection to students in every sector of higher education," CECU President Jason Altmire said in a statement. "We support this legislation and look forward to continuing to work with the committee and others in Congress as this bill makes its way through the legislative process."

The New York Times LogoHow Do I Pay For College: Your questions, answered by experts – December 15, 2023
Jenny Faubert, a spokeswoman for Career Education Colleges and Universities, a group representing for-profit career colleges, said in an email that for-profit schools served a diverse student body and were an important source of skilled workers for jobs such as those in medical and dental offices and truck driving. She cited data showing that the graduation rate for students at two-year for-profit schools was higher than the rate at two-year public colleges (about 60 percent at for-profits, compared with about 30 percent at public colleges, according to federal statistics for students entering in 2018).

Inside Higher Ed LogoHouse Committee Advances Pell Grant Expansion – December 13, 2023
“By including strict accountability measures that apply to all schools in all sectors, the bill ensures that only the highest quality schools will qualify,” CECU president Jason Altmire said in the statement. “CECU has long supported accountability measures that are fair and provide equal protection to students in every sector of higher education.”

Higher Ed Dive LogoShort-term Pell bill advances out of House education committee – December 12, 2023
“By including strict accountability measures that apply to all schools in all sectors, the bill ensures that only the highest quality schools will qualify,” CECU President Jason Altmire said in a statement. “CECU has long supported accountability measures that are fair and provide equal protection to students in every sector of higher education.”

Fulcrum logoFor-profit colleges caught in regulatory tug of war – December 13, 2023
“The problem with the gainful employment regulations is they apply almost exclusively only to for-profit schools,” Altmire said. “We believe that accountability measures should apply to all schools in all sectors, every type of school so that all students can have the benefit of those protections.”

Politico LogoHouse education committee clears short-term Pell bill – December 12, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions, lauded the bill as a "significant benefit for students." "CECU has long supported accountability measures that are fair and provide equal protection to students in every sector of higher education," CECU President Jason Altmire said in a statement. "We support this legislation and look forward to continuing to work with the committee and others in Congress as this bill makes its way through the legislative process."

The Washington Times Grand Canyon University appeals record $37.7 million fine from Biden administration – November 16, 2023
“The misuse of BDR against any institution is reprehensible, and the past several months have shown the absurdity of the process,” Jason Altmire, president of CECU and a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, told The Times. “The new Biden BDR rules are even more unrestrained and open-ended.”

Inside Higher Ed Logo Judge’s Order Complicates Education Department’s Borrower-Defense Program – November 7, 2023
Altmire said the judge’s decision to wait for the resolution of the lawsuit is the “right thing to do,” in part because the legal challenge could spell the end of the borrower-defense program. He said the stay should put a hold on other potential recoupment actions. “The department would really have to backtrack if that were to happen, and it would cause more problems, so I do think this is the smart way to handle it as all this proceeds,” he said.

Best StocksControversy Surrounding the Gainful Employment Act and For Profit Education Providers - October 17, 2023
Amidst the ongoing discussions, Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization representing the for-profit higher education sector, has criticized the final rule. They argue that the department neglected crucial matters and hastily implemented a weaponized version of the Gainful Employment rule against for-profit institutions.

Washington ExaminerDepartment of Education rule threatens viability of for-profit colleges – October 6, 2023
Jed Brinton, senior vice president and general counsel for Career Education Colleges and Universities, told the Washington Examiner in an interview that the speed with which the regulation was finalized after being introduced in May was surprising. For Brinton, the regulation raised significant questions about how the administration views for-profit colleges in comparison to traditional nonprofit schools. He noted that his organization had advocated that the department to adopt an "across-the-board approach" that would affect for-profit and nonprofit colleges equally. "If you really are primarily concerned about quality," he said, "then you would want to measure all the schools regardless of tax status, and get rid of all the bad ones."

NPR logoFeds offer students new protections against programs that lead to high debt, low pay – September 28, 2023
"Once again, the Department has rushed the process, overlooking critical issues, to hastily implement and weaponize a final Gainful Employment rule against for-profit institutions," said Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a national organization that represents for-profit colleges.

AP LogoNew rule will cut federal money to college programs that leave grads with high debt, low pay – September 27, 2023
An association of for-profit colleges denounced the policy as an unfair attack, saying any policy should be applied evenly across all types of schools. “Once again, the Department has rushed the process, overlooking critical issues, to hastily implement and weaponize a final Gainful Employment rule against for-profit institutions,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities.

The Chronicle of Higher EducationIneffective Career Programs Might Be in Trouble. What Does That Mean for Colleges? – September 27, 2023
Jason Altmire, president and chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit higher education, said the debt-disclosure mandate unfairly targets for-profit institutions, which account for a large portion of career-oriented programs and students. He argued that if private nonprofit and public colleges were held to the same gainful-employment standards, many of their programs would fail, too.

The Washington Post LogoBiden administration cracks down on career programs that saddle students with debt – September 27, 2023
President Biden’s administration is tightening federal oversight of career training programs that saddle students with unaffordable education debt, an effort that could hamstring some for-profit colleges. Jason Altmire stated, “the Department continues to put its thumb on the scale to circumvent established procedures and advance a partisan rule that fails to protect the vast majority of students.”

Politico ProUPDATED: Biden administration unveils final plan to cut funding to low-performing career colleges – September 27, 2023
Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, the main trade group representing the industry, said that the Biden administration had “rushed the process, overlooking critical issues, to hastily implement and weaponize” a final rule against the schools he represents.

USA Today LogoWhite House issues much-anticipated rule to weed out high-debt, predatory colleges – September 27, 2023
"Once again, the Department has rushed the process, overlooking critical issues, to hastily implement and weaponize a final Gainful Employment rule against for-profit institutions," said Jason Altmire, the president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, in a statement. "The Department continues to put its thumb on the scale to circumvent established procedures and advance a partisan rule that fails to protect the vast majority of students."

NASFAA LogoED Releases Final Rule on Gainful Employment and Financial Value Transparency Framework – September 27, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), the organization representing proprietary institutions, said that ED has “rushed” its rulemaking process. “The Department continues to put its thumb on the scale to circumvent established procedures and advance a partisan rule that fails to protect the vast majority of students,” said Jason Altmire, CECU’s president and CEO, in a statement.

Forbes LogoBiden Administration Releases Tougher Higher Education Gainful Employment Rule – September 27, 2023
“CECU has continually advocated for a rule that ensures the protection of all students and maintains equal accountability for public, private nonprofit, and for-profit institutions – an objective this rule does not achieve.” The final rule has two key parts: A strengthened GE rule to protect from low-performing career training programs and a new Financial Value Transparency framework providing students in all programs detailed information about the net costs of postsecondary programs and the financial outcomes they can expect.

Times Higher Education LogoBiden sets graduate earnings test for for-profit college sector – September 28, 2023
The for-profit industry and its Republican allies responded with statements attacking the Biden action as unfairly aimed at their sector. Jason Altmire, the president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents about 1,100 for-profit campuses and members in North America, said the Biden order represented “a partisan rule that fails to protect the vast majority of students.”

Insider LogoStudent-loan borrowers have a new safeguard in place to ensure their debt doesn't pile up once they graduate – September 27, 2023
The accountability metrics stated in the new rule will go into effect July 2024, and the first official metrics will be published in early 2025. Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities — an organization that represents for-profit schools — said in a statement that the new rule unfairly targets for-profit institutions.

Inside Higher Ed LogoGame On, Again, for Gainful Employment – September 27, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents the for-profit higher education sector, said in a statement Wednesday that the department overlooked critical issues to “hastily implement and weaponize a final Gainful Employment rule against for-profit institutions.”

University Business LogoHow the DOE’s gainful employment rule puts your federal aid dollars at risk - September 29, 2023
“The Department continues to put its thumb on the scale to circumvent established procedures and advance a partisan rule that fails to protect the vast majority of students, the statement read. “CECU has continually advocated for a rule that ensures the protection of all students and maintains equal accountability for public, private nonprofit, and for-profit institutions—an objective this rule does not achieve."

Politico LogoJobs Report – September 11, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities hired Jed Brinton as senior vice president and general counsel and Corey Perry as director of state relations. Brinton was most recently a partner at Zobrist Law Group and is a Trump Education Department alum, and Perry was previously director of government affairs at The Learning Experience.

Politico LogoThe Education Department's Proposed Gainful Employment Rule – September 1, 2023GE Power Players
A key source of tension over the regulation is how many programs — and which programs — would be subject to sanctions under the proposed rule. The Biden administration has said it plans to meet the Nov. 1 regulatory deadline by which it needs to finalize the rule in order for it to take effect by next July. Listed as a “Power Player” in the article is CECU’s President and CEO, Dr. Jason Altmire.

The Washington Post LogoAppeals court halts new Biden rules on debt relief for defrauded students – August 7, 2023
“We are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the Department’s authority, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution,” said Jason Altmire, chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges. “Knowing that this rule has a strong chance to be struck down during the upcoming legal process, it is unjustifiable to allow its implementation while the court proceedings continue.”

USA TodayBiden's student debt forgiveness for defrauded borrowers blocked by conservative court – August 7, 2023
For-profit and career college advocates lauded the move, however. "Imposing these ... provisions would have been detrimental to career schools in Texas and across the country," said Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, in a statement. "We are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach."

The Hill Logo5th Circuit blocks new rules aiming to expand student debt relief for defrauded borrowers – August 7, 2023
“We are pleased that the 5th Circuit has ruled in favor of delaying the onset of the borrower defense to repayment and closed school discharge regulations. The facts presented by Career Colleges & Schools of Texas are compelling. Imposing these two provisions would have been detrimental to career schools in Texas and across the country,” said Career Education Colleges and Universities President and CEO Jason Altmire.

Politico ProAppeals court blocks Biden’s new student debt relief policy for defrauded borrowers - August 7, 2023
Jason Altmire, the president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, the national for-profit college trade group, welcomed the decision blocking the policy, which he called "agency overreach." "Knowing that this rule has a strong chance to be struck down during the upcoming legal process, it is unjustifiable to allow its implementation while the court proceedings continue," Altmire said in a statement. "We are pleased that today’s ruling upholds this view."

Washington ExaminerBiden's new student debt relief policy blocked by appeals court – August 7, 2023
“We are pleased that the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of delaying the onset of the borrower defense to repayment and closed school discharge regulations," according to a statement from Career Education Colleges and Universities. "Imposing these two provisions would have been detrimental to career schools in Texas and across the country,” CECU President and CEO Jason Altmire said.

InsiderBiden's efforts to make it easier for defrauded student-loan borrowers to get debt relief were blocked by a conservative court – August 7, 2023
Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities — a group that represents for-profit colleges — said in a statement that "knowing that this rule has a strong chance to be struck down during the upcoming legal process, it is unjustifiable to allow its implementation while the court proceedings continue. We are pleased that today's ruling upholds this view."

DiverseAppeals Court Blocks Relief for Students Who Were Defrauded by Their Schools – August 8, 2023
CCST did not offer comment on the injunction, but Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), the national organization representing for-profit schools, cheered the decision. “Knowing that this rule has a strong chance to be struck down during the upcoming legal process, it is unjustifiable to allow its implementation while the court proceedings continue,” said Dr. Jason Altmire, CECU’s president and CEO. “We are pleased that today’s ruling upholds this view.”

Higher Ed DiveAppeals court blocks Biden’s borrower defense rules – August 7, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, an association representing for-profit colleges, applauded Monday’s court order. “Knowing that this rule has a strong chance to be struck down during the upcoming legal process, it is unjustifiable to allow its implementation while the court proceedings continue,” CECU President and CEO Jason Altmire said in a statement Monday. “We are pleased that today’s ruling upholds this view.”

National ReviewFederal Court Blocks Biden Administration Move to Forgive Student-Loan Debt for Defrauded Borrowers – August 8, 2023
“We are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the Department’s authority, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution,” said CECU chief executive Jason Altmire.

Inside Higher EdNew Borrower-Defense Rules Blocked – August 8, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, the national association representing for-profit institutions and a supporter of the lawsuit, opposed the new borrower-defense rule in comments to the Education Department and led a campaign about the rule’s “devastating impact.” It applauded the court’s order. “CCST’s legal case against the Department of Education’s unlawful BDR rule is strong and we are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the department’s authority, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution,” CECU president Jason Altmire said in a statement.

NASFAAFederal Appeals Court Blocks ED’s New Borrower Defense Rules – August 8, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), a trade association that represents for-profit colleges nationwide, applauded the ruling, saying ED’s new borrower defense rules are “detrimental to career schools in Texas and across the country.” “CCST’s legal case against the Department of Education’s unlawful BDR rule is strong and we are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the Department’s authority, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution,” said CECU’s President and CEO Jason Altmire in a statement.

UPIAppeals court blocks new rule helping defrauded students get debt relief – August 8, 2023
On the other side of the argument, trade union Career Education Colleges and Universities welcomed the Fifth Circuit court's decision. "CCST's legal case against the Department of Education's unlawful BDR rule is strong and we are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the department's authority, the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution," Jason Altmire, CECU's president and chief executive, said in a statement.

Best CollegesFederal Court Blocks Student Debt Forgiveness for Defrauded Borrowers – August 8, 2023
“Imposing these two provisions would have been detrimental to career schools in Texas and across the country,” Jason Altmire, CEO and president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, said in a statement. “CCST’s legal case against [ED’s] unlawful [borrower defense] rule is strong and we are confident that when the case is brought forward the facts will show the new rule to be an agency overreach in violation of the department’s authority, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution.”

Amsterdam News LogoStudent Loan Forgiveness, Biden’s hunt for the Black vote – June 15, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU)’s Chief Policy Officer Nicholas Kent said that borrowers from low-income backgrounds and people of color are more likely to struggle when their federal student loan payments resume and will require additional support to ensure a smooth transition back into repayment. “It will be critical for institutions, policymakers, and other interested parties to continue working together to ensure these borrowers and others have accurate and consistent information to help minimize any adverse impact,” said Kent in a statement.

Massage MagazineCall to Action: Department of Education's Proposed Rules Could be Detrimental to Massage Schools – June 14, 2023
CECU’s President and CEO Jason Altmire said, in a release, “CECU is disappointed that the Department of Education did not take into account stakeholder feedback and failed to implement substantive changes to its gainful employment proposal, which continues to exempt the majority of postsecondary education programs and fails to protect millions of students. The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoA Stricter Test for College Programs – May 23
Kent takes issue with the comparison group that the department has proposed to use to measure graduates’ earnings against. Under the rule, students’ wages three years after graduation will be compared to the median wages of high school graduates ages 25 to 34. Referencing research from the Urban Institute, Kent said that there are gender and age disparities between two groups that would make the proposed comparison unfair. “Sixty-eight percent of students enrolled in for-profits are women,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like an appropriate comparison group.”

AP LogoAP analysis: Most beauty school programs would be in jeopardy under US proposal – May 18
“This law continues to target for-profit institutions and programs, while at the same time, the methodology is one that lets the vast majority of even poor performing public institutions off the hook,” said Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry trade group.

AP LogoNew rule seeks to weed out college programs that leave grads with low income, high debt – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry trade group.

Higher Ed Dive LogoEducation Department pledges ‘strongest-ever’ protections with long-awaited gainful employment draft – May 17, 2023
James Kvaal, the department’s top higher ed official, said in a statement Wednesday the problem of leaving students with unaffordable debt “is concentrated at for-profit and career colleges.” Career Education Colleges and Universities, the association representing for-profit institutions, clapped back at this accusation Wednesday. CECU’s president, Jason Altmire, said in a statement that the department should hold all colleges — public, private nonprofit and for-profit — accountable under the rule. “CECU is disappointed that the Department did not take into account stakeholder feedback and failed to implement substantive changes to its gainful employment proposal, which continues to exempt the majority of postsecondary education programs and fails to protect millions of students,” Altmire said.

ABC News LogoNew rule targets college programs that leave grads with low income, high debt – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve," said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry trade group.

The Wall Street Journal LogoFor-Profit Schools to Face Penalties for High Debt Loads, Low Incomes of Graduates – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Jason Altmire, chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a trade group representing for-profit schools.

Fortune LogoBiden administration plans to cut federal money for college programs that leave grads underemployed and over-indebted – May 18, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry trade group.

CNN LogoBiden administration proposes new rule to prevent students from incurring crippling debt at for-profit colleges – May 17, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, a trade group that represents for-profit colleges, criticized the proposed rule for excluding the majority of programs at nonprofit colleges. “The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” CECU’s president and CEO Jason Altmire said in a statement.

The Washington Post LogoNew rule targets college programs that leave grads with low income, high debt – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry trade group.

Inside Higher Ed LogoNew, Stronger Gainful Employment Regs Released – May 18, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, the association that represents for-profit colleges, criticized the Biden administration for rushing the gainful-employment regulations through the rule-making process and failing to include review and appeal mechanics that were part of the 2014 rule. CECU, which has challenged previous gainful-employment rules in court, has argued that the department has the authority to apply gainful-employment regulations to all postsecondary programs.

The Hill LogoProposed rule targets college programs that leave students with ‘unaffordable debt or insufficient earnings’ – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) President and CEO Jason Altmire, adding it “continues to exempt the majority of postsecondary education programs and fails to protect millions of students.”

USA TodayBiden administration plans crackdown on colleges that overload graduates with student debt – May 17, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions, said the department ignored feedback during the negotiation period. “The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” CECU’s President and CEO Jason Altmire said in a statement. "During the public comment phase, we urge the Department to consider sensible changes that improve the rule to protect all students and hold public, private nonprofit, and for-profit institutions equally accountable for their outcomes."

Insider LogoBiden's Education Department just released its 'strongest-ever' plan to ensure student-loan borrowers don't graduate with unaffordable debt – May 17, 2023
Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities — which represents for-profit institutions — said in a statement that Biden's proposal "unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve."

NASFAAED to Publish Proposed Rule on Gainful Employment and New Information Collection – May 18, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), the organization representing proprietary institutions, said the proposed rule does not go far enough, and that it “continues to exempt the majority of postsecondary education programs and fails to protect millions of students.” “The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” said Jason Altmire, CECU’s president and CEO, in a statement.

CBS 21 LogoFederal education officials take aim on student debt from for-profit colleges – May 18
“CECU is disappointed that the Department did not take into account stakeholder feedback and failed to implement substantive changes to its gainful employment proposal, which continues to exempt the majority of postsecondary education programs and fails to protect millions of students," CECU’s President and CEO Jason Altmire said in an online statement.

Politico ProBiden administration unveils new ‘gainful employment’ rule proposal – May 17, 2023
“The rule unfairly targets programs at proprietary institutions and fails to account for the unique challenges facing students and communities that career-oriented programs serve,” Jason Altmire, the group’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The College FixEducation Dept. to use undercover agents to identify deceptive, unethical practices in higher ed – April 20, 2023
“The [Biden Education] Department has a well-established bias against for-profit institutions and a zeal for weaponizing the tools at its disposal to make it more difficult for those schools to serve students,” Career Education Colleges and Universities CEO and President Jason Altmire stated. “We support reasonable practices that hold all institutions accountable for misrepresentations that financially harm students and taxpayers; however, the federal government has a track record of using secret shopper investigations to malign politically unfavored institutions with distorted findings that later result in the need for public correction,” Kent said in an email.

Inside Higher Ed LogoHow Gainful Employment Changed Higher Ed - April 14, 2023
“If there is a gainful-employment rule that is fair and equitable, we would be happy to live with it,” Kent said. “We’re happy to see the department moving in the direction of at least being more transparent with all sectors’ data, but to only be transparent with certain data and then hold certain institutions responsible for poor outcomes seems pretty shortsighted. It does seem more politically motivated than good public policy.”

Third WayWhat Public Commenters Said About a Low-Financial-Value College Programs List - April 12, 2023
Others point out that maintaining consistency with the GE rule will promote alignment across postsecondary policies, lessen reporting burdens on institutions, and make information easier to interpret for students: “We strongly urge the Department to adopt the same methodology for any low-financial-value postsecondary programs list as the methodology that will be used to assess eligibility for gainful employment programs. Having two different sets of standards to assess economic value for the same program is illogical and would create unnecessary confusion for students, institutions, and taxpayers. – Career Education Colleges and Universities

Inside Higher Ed LogoColleges Appeal Borrower-Defense Settlement to Supreme Court – April 6, 2023
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at Career Education Colleges and Universities, the association representing for-profit institutions, said in a statement that the three colleges raised significant legal questions about the secretary’s power to cancel student loans. “Although I do not think Justice Kagan is likely to grant the schools’ emergency application, the justices will likely be asked again to address the department’s claimed authority under the HEA in the foreseeable future,” Kent said. “It is widely expected that the high court’s conservative majority will strike down the administration’s use of the HEROES Act, and then the Department will quickly turn to the HEA in a Hail Mary to save its broad debt-cancellation program.”

Higher Ed DiveHouse progressives say Biden administration should use executive power to curb for-profit college ‘predatory behavior’ – April 5, 2023
Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions, said in an emailed statement that “accountability measures must be applied to all schools in all sectors to ensure every student is able to benefit from the same federal protections, regardless of the type of institution they choose to attend.”

Politico ProMeet and Greet for Freshman House Democrats Hosted by BGR Group – March 30, 2023
Jason Altmire and Joanne Zurcher of Career Education Colleges and Universities were among the attendees at the meet and greet. Also in attendance per a tipster: Reps. Jared Moskowitz (Fla.), Dan Goldman (N.Y.) and Jeff Jackson (N.C.); Chris Morton of the American Land Title Association, Andrew Schwab of Oak Street Health, Sarah Morgan of S&P Global, Tatanya Szeliga of SAS Institute, Ian Mair of GeoComply, Howard Moon of Amgen, and Jonathan Mantz, Remy Brim, Fred Turner, Mark Tavlarides and Anna Sullivan of BGR Group.

Diverse LogoSecret Shopper Policy Draws Praise, Concern – March 20, 2023
In an interview, Kent said that although the CECU was not opposed to a secret shopper program that specifically targeted schools that had shown evidence of predatory behavior, he didn’t think that the current program was necessary. “It really should be a question for Congress whether or not the department even has the resources and the capacity to take this on in an equitable way,” he said.

Best CollegesEducation Department Deploys ‘Secret Shoppers’ for College Oversight – March 16, 2023
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer for Career Education Colleges and Universities, said in a statement his organization supports efforts that hold institutions that misrepresent themselves to students accountable. But he wrote that the government "has a track record of using secret shopper investigations to malign politically unfavored institutions with distorted findings that later result in the need for public correction."

Campus Reform‘We may be listening’: Dept of Ed to send undercover federal agents to monitor colleges' financial conduct – March 16, 2023
Nicholas Kent of Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU)—an association representing for-profit higher education institutions—issued a statement saying, “We support reasonable practices that hold all institutions accountable for misrepresentations that financially harm students and taxpayers; however, the federal government has a track record of using secret shopper investigations to malign politically unfavored institutions with distorted findings.”

Daily CallerBiden Admin Is Placing Undercover Federal Agents At Universities. Here’s Why – March 15, 2023
“Given the current administration’s animus toward for-profit institutions, we are concerned this self-proclaimed ‘tool’ will be used as a weapon to inflict further damage upon private career schools and limit student choice.” Kent referenced a 2010 Government Accountability Office report which concluded that 15 for-profit colleges “deceptive or otherwise questionable statements to GAO’s undercover applicants,” according to the report.

Times Higher EducationBiden begins ‘secret shopper’ undercover crackdown on colleges – March 15, 2023
“We support reasonable practices that hold all institutions accountable for misrepresentations that financially harm students and taxpayers,” Nicholas Kent, the chief policy officer at the Career Education Colleges and Universities association, said in a written response to the government announcement. “However, the federal government has a track record of using secret-shopper investigations to malign politically unfavoured institutions with distorted findings that later result in the need for public correction.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoEducation Department Will Tap Secret Shoppers – March 15, 2023
“However, the federal government has a track record of using secret-shopper investigations to malign politically unfavored institutions with distorted findings that later result in the need for public correction,” Kent said. “Given the current administration’s animus toward for-profit institutions, we are concerned this self-proclaimed ‘tool’ will be used as a weapon to inflict further damage upon private career schools and limit student choice.”

NewsmaxColleges Claim Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt Reputation – March 10, 2023
However, Nicholas Kent, the head policy officer at Career Education Colleges and Universities, a trade organization that represents for-profit colleges, told the Examiner that he expects that ruling to be overturned on appeal. "We feel that the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals] will also strike down the settlement at the circuit level. The court's argument is, in part, Well, you already got the money, and the department is saying that they can't go after you because of the settlement.

Bankrate LogoNew guidance from the Department of Education will hold “risky” for-profit college leaders responsible for unpaid federal debt – March 10, 2023
Nicholas Kent, CECU’s chief policy officer, gave a statement last week about the Education Department’s decision to hold college executives and stakeholders personally responsible for student debt. He claimed that the Biden administration is exceeding its legal authority and “dismantling private career schools while limiting students’ ability to choose the educational setting that best fits their life circumstances.”

Washington Examiner LogoQuiet Biden student loan forgiveness for 200,000 borrowers gave black eye to colleges - March 10, 2023
Despite Alsup's ruling rejecting a stay on discharging loans, Nicholas Kent, the chief policy officer for Career Education Colleges and Universities, told the Washington Examiner that he expects the judge's ruling to be appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately be overturned. "We feel that the 9th Circuit will also strike down the settlement at the circuit level," Kent said. "The court's argument is, in part, 'well, you already got the money, and the department is saying that they can't go after you because of the settlement.' But there's huge reputational harm that has been done as a result of being labeled a wrongdoer on that list. The school didn't get any due process to raise their hand and say, 'Listen, this isn't true.'"

Politico NextEra adds another outside firm - March 3, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit schools, kicks off its annual fly-in next week as well to fight against the exclusion of students at for-profit colleges from short-term Pell Grant proposals. The association has more than 100 meetings scheduled on the Hill, including with Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Aaron Bean (R-Fla.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Scott Peters (D-Calif.), and Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas).

Inside Higher Ed LogoHolding Executives Responsible – March 3, 2023
“This administration proposes to exceed this authority through new regulations and subjective guidance, thereby empowering ideologically driven partisans with the unfettered discretion needed to achieve their goal of dismantling private career schools while limiting students’ ability to choose the educational setting that best fits their life circumstances.”

Higher Ed Dive LogoEducation Department shares plans to make for-profit executives responsible for colleges’ liabilities – March 2, 2023
A group representing for-profit colleges, Career Education Colleges and Universities, objected to the moves this week. The Higher Education Act limits the Education Department’s authority to pierce the corporate veil and lay financial responsibility on individuals, said Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at CECU, in a statement.

Higher Ed Dive LogoTexas trade association suing to stop new borrower defense rule because it ‘all but ensures’ claims will be approved – February 28, 2023
“CECU has led the sector’s response to these unlawful regulations because they irrationally expand the potential acts and omissions of schools that give rise to a borrower defense to loan repayment, while eliminating the procedural protections necessary to protect schools against erroneous loan discharges and presumptions of liability,” CECU president and CEO Jason Altmire said in a statement.

Inside Higher Ed LogoTexas For-Profit Colleges Fight New Borrower-Defense Rules – February 28, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, the national association representing for-profit institutions, supports the lawsuit. It has led a campaign in recent months about the borrower-defense rule’s “devastating impact” and advocated for the department to withdraw the rule, according to a news release.

Politico Pro LogoFor-profit colleges sue to stop Cardona’s easier path for debt relief for defrauded students – February 28, 2023
Jason Altmire, who leads Career Education Colleges and Universities, which supports the Texas group’s lawsuit, said in a statement that the Biden administration’s rule “suffers from fatal due process deficiencies and threatens crippling liability for schools across the country.”

Higher Ed Dive LogoJudge clears path for most Sweet v. Cardona loan cancellation to move forward – February 27, 2023
“Although we appreciate the court’s continued acknowledgment that these are not adjudicated borrower defense claims, we remain concerned the settlement deprives the affected institutions of due process protections afforded under the Department’s own rules and inflicts reputational harm,” Nicholas Kent, CECU’s chief policy officer, said in a statement.

Best CollegesWhat Advocates Want in the Education Department’s List of Low-Value College Programs – February 22, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), which represents for-profit institutions, wrote in its comments that no matter how ED disseminates this information, it should give institutions a chance to challenge data before it becomes public. This would allow schools to correct any "erroneous data," CECU states. Read CECU's comments here.

Inside Higher Ed LogoBattle Lines Drawn in Fight Over List - February 14, 2023
Higher education groups are generally opposed to the Biden administration’s plan to create a list of low-financial-value programs, but some think tanks and for-profit colleges like the idea. “Having two different sets of standards to assess economic value for the same program is illogical and would create unnecessary confusion for students, institutions, and taxpayers,” wrote Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization representing for-profit institutions.

USA Today LogoAre for-profit colleges worth the cost? Graduates are split on the value of their degrees – January 31, 2023
Jason Altmire, head of the for-profit university trade group Career Education Colleges and Universities, said for-profit institutions cater to adult students. “What we have always argued on the for-profit side is we provide that off-ramp for people who have tried other settings that haven't worked out,” said Altmire, a former Democrat in the House from Pennsylvania. “If they work hard, we can get them their degree quickly.”

Higher Ed DiveHigher ed institutions to appeal Education Department’s $6B settlement with borrowers – January 17, 2023
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer for Career Education Colleges and Universities, a group representing for-profit colleges, expects the 9th Circuit would block the settlement agreement from being carried out until the institutions’ appeals were considered. “The considerations weigh in favor of the schools here,” Kent said. “If they didn’t stay the appeal, and the department started to effectuate the loan debt and other actions that go along with the judgment, those are going to be impossible or very difficult to unwind.”

Times Higher Education LogoBiden administration plans to publish list of ‘low value’ degrees – January 16, 2023
“The department has a well-established bias against for-profit institutions and a zeal for weaponising the tools at its disposal to make it more difficult for those schools to serve students,” said CECU president Jason Altmire. “That said, we are encouraged by this solicitation.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoEducation Department Plans to Publish List of Low-Performing Programs – January 13, 2023
Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization representing for-profit institutions, said in a statement this week that the list should provide information about programs at all types of colleges and universities. “The department has a well-established bias against for-profit institutions and a zeal for weaponizing the tools at its disposal to make it more difficult for those schools to serve students,” CECU president Jason Altmire said in the statement. “That said, we are encouraged by this solicitation.

Politico ProThe Education Department’s Plan to Name and Shame Higher Education Programs – January 11, 2023
(Subscription needed) “The Department has a well-established bias against for-profit institutions and a zeal for weaponizing the tools at its disposal to make it more difficult for those schools to serve students,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, in a statement. “That said, we are encouraged by this solicitation."

Inside Higher Ed LogoIncome-Driven Repayment Changes to Create ‘Student Loan Safety Net’ – January 11, 2023
Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization representing for-profit institutions, said he was encouraged that the department was seeking input on how to create the list. Any list, he said, should apply to all institutions in all sectors. He worried that such a list wouldn’t take into account “that many career schools provide valuable graduates to important occupations in society that don’t make a lot of money.”

Higher Ed Dive Education Department’s renewed plan to list and shame low-value colleges draws concern – January 11, 2023
Altmire stressed CECU backs bolstered transparency measures. And he said he’s pleased the Education Department has given the public the opportunity to respond to a potential list. But he said he fears the list will exclusively feature for-profit colleges. “We just want it to be a fair measure, and have all colleges abide by the same metrics, and held accountable to the same measures,” Altmire said.

Higher Ed Dive Democrats seek to create oversight committee governing for-profit colleges – December 8, 2022
Durbin’s announcement cited data suggesting for-profit colleges’ students account for a disproportionate share of student loan defaults. But Altmire argued that borrowers who attend nonprofit colleges also make up a sizable portion of defaults. “Why is he not concerned about holding those schools accountable for those defaults?” Altmire said.

Higher Ed Dive Battle lines form over new borrower defense to repayment rules – December 6, 2022
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at CECU, said the Education Department is expected to handle borrower defense claims largely though the group process moving forward. Congress didn’t authorize the department to create a borrower defense program to decide on thousands of claims at once, Kent argued. “The department has created this monster,” Kent said. “That’s not what the borrower defense authority was initially intended for.”

Times Higher Education LogoUS judge backs $6 billion in student debt waivers – November 18, 2022
The association representing for-profit institutions, Career Education Colleges and Universities, said it hoped the settlement would be overturned on appeal. The settlement “represents an unlawful overreach by the Department of Education and unfairly maligns over 150 institutions without any opportunity to respond”, the association’s president, Jason Altmire, said in a statement.

NASFAA Logo Judge Grants Final Approval to Borrower Defense Settlement – November 18, 2022
“The four intervenor schools made a compelling case that the Sweet settlement represents an unlawful overreach by the Department of Education and unfairly maligns over 150 institutions without any opportunity to respond,” Altmire said in a statement.

The Hill Logo Court awards $6 billion in student loan relief to borrowers – November 18, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), which represents many of the more than 150 schools on the settlement list, released a statement calling the decision an “unlawful overreach” and saying it “unfairly maligns” the schools without a chance for them to defend themselves.

Inside Higher Ed Logo Borrower-Defense Settlement To Discharge $6 Billion in Loans – November 18, 2022
“We are disappointed that Judge Alsup overlooked these defects and approved the settlement. We expect that the Ninth Circuit on appeal will recognize these fatal flaws and send the parties back to the negotiating table.”

Bankrate LogoFederal judge signs off on student loan cancellation for 200,000 borrowers – November 17, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities president and CEO Dr. Jason Altmire stated his opposition to the ruling, claiming that the verdict is unlawful and “unfairly maligned over 150 institutions without any opportunity to respond.” CECU represents many of the listed schools in the settlement agreement and has been heavily involved with the lawsuit’s development.

Higher Ed DiveJudge approves Sweet v. Cardona student debt relief settlement, but likely appeal looms – November 17, 2022
“The four intervenor schools made a compelling case that the Sweet settlement represents an unlawful overreach by the Department of Education and unfairly maligns over 150 institutions without any opportunity to respond,” Jason Altmire, CECU president and CEO, said in a statement.

NPR logoJudge rules to erase the student loans of 200k borrowers who say they were ripped off – November 17, 2022
In a statement response, Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), which represents many of the 153 schools on the settlement list, said his group is "disappointed" with the decision: "We expect that the Ninth Circuit on appeal will recognize these fatal flaws and send the parties back to the negotiating table.

Politico ProJudge gives final OK to sweeping student loan fraud settlement – November 16, 2022
Jason Altmire, the group's president and CEO, said he was disappointed in the decision but expects an appeal. The settlement, he said in a statement, "represents an unlawful overreach by the Department of Education and unfairly maligns over 150 institutions based on mere allegations without any opportunity to respond."

The Washington Post LogoJudge grants final approval of $6 billion student loan settlement – November 16, 2022
“The settlement represents an unlawful overreach by the Department of Education and unfairly maligns over 150 institutions without any opportunity to respond,” Altmire said. “We expect that the Ninth Circuit on appeal will recognize these fatal flaws and send the parties back to the negotiating table.”

The Wall Street Journal LogoNew Biden Rule Speeds Up Student-Loan Forgiveness for Defrauded Borrowers – October 31, 2022
“The Department has cut corners in a rush to ram through a punitive borrower defense rule with serious legal and regulatory flaws that could undermine the American education system,” said Jason Altmire, head of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a for-profit school industry group.

AP LogoBiden admin relaxes rules for student debt forgiveness – October 31, 2022
The rules were embraced by student advocates but blasted by an industry group representing for-profit colleges. The group said the rules will deprive schools of due process protections, and it questioned how closely the department reviewed the more than 5,000 public comments responding to its initial proposal.

Politico ProEducation Department unveils final 'borrower defense' rule – October 31, 2022
“This is yet another example of the department’s willingness to disregard established process to pursue a partisan borrower defense agenda that is contrary to the best interests of schools and students," Altmire said.

NASFAA LogoED Issues Final Rules on Borrower Defense, Closed School Discharges, Total and Permanent Disability Discharges, Interest Capitalization, False Certification, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness – November 1, 2022
On Monday, CECU said that given the abbreviated 41-day window between the comment submission deadline and when ED submitted the final rule for interagency review, ED could not have “meaningfully considered thousands of comment submissions.”

The Washington Post LogoBiden admin relaxes rules for student debt forgiveness – October 31, 2022
“The department has cut corners in a rush to ram through a punitive borrower defense rule with serious legal and regulatory flaws that could undermine the American education system,” said Jason Altmire, a former Democratic congressman and president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities.

Inside Higher Ed LogoBorrower-Defense Rules Finalized – November 1, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities, the association representing for-profit institutions, submitted a 137-page comment arguing in part that the rule violates the law by depriving schools of essential due process protections. On Monday, the organization questioned whether the department meaningfully considered all the comments submitted.

Higher Ed Dive Education Department releases final rules on borrower defense to repayment, closed school discharge – October 31, 2022
Just 41 days passed between the Aug. 12 deadline for public comment on the proposals and the date the Education Department submitted final rules for interagency review. That prompts doubts about whether regulators could have meaningfully considered comments submitted, which numbered more than 5,000, CECU said in a statement.

Inside Higher Ed Logo90-10 Loophole Closed – October 28, 2022
“We don’t agree that 90-10 is in any way a measure of quality,” Altmire said. “We don’t agree that it’s good public policy. In fact, we strongly disagree with the public policy. But given the political reality and the fact that they were going to proceed with this, as they have the authority to do, we’re at least content that our concerns were heard on some of the bigger issues that were at play.”

Higher Ed DiveEducation Department finalizes 90/10 rule, college ownership regulations – October 28, 2022
Jason Altmire, president and chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, in a statement called the new 90/10 regulation “an ineffective measure of quality that focuses on a student’s ability to pay rather than willingness to pay.” Though CECU disagrees with the “flawed metric,” Altmire said the group appreciated the Education Department hewing closely to the regulatory language negotiated earlier this year.

Higher Ed DiveFor-profit college owners should be on the hook for loan discharges, 6 senators argue - October 20, 2022
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at Career Education Colleges and Universities, a group representing for-profit schools, said in an emailed statement Wednesday that all higher education institutions should be held responsible when they violate laws and mislead students. “But the ability to hold executives personally responsible for funds their institutions owe is limited under existing law,” Kent said. “These Senators are inappropriately pressuring the Department to change the rules governing personal responsibility in American corporate law to furtherance their campaign against private career schools.”

The Chronicle of Higher EducationBlanket Transcript-Withholding Policies Are ‘Abusive,’ Federal Agency Says – October 6, 2022
“Instead of engaging institutions, engaging lenders, engaging the public on this practice of transcript withholding, they pulled a new interpretation of law into a guide for their examiners, which is a really terrible way of making policy,” said Nicholas Kent, the group’s chief policy officer.

The New York TimesWithholding College Transcripts for Loan Payment Is ‘Abusive,’ Agency Says – September 30, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges, criticized the move. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to overstep its statutory authority with its transcript withholding directive,” Jason Altmire, the group’s president and chief executives, said in a statement.

The New York TimesStudent Loan Subsidies Could Have Dangerous, Unintended Side Effects – September 18, 2022
Jason Altmire, chief executive of the Career Education Colleges and Universities, a trade group that represents for-profit colleges, said, “As several economists have argued, the new repayment plan could drive up costs across all sectors of higher education and incentivize students to take on more debt.”

Higher Ed DiveHere’s a list of the colleges in the Sweet v. Cardona settlement agreement - August 11, 2022
Several listed colleges took issue with the Ed Department’s arguments. Career Education Colleges and Universities has voiced concern that the Ed Department is trying to approve claims “without regard to individual merit.” Included in the article is a searchable list of all the schools in Exhibit C of the proposed settlement.

Inside Higher Ed LogoSenate Passes Bill to Restore 85-15 Rule – August 11, 2022
The bill would codify the 35 percent exception as well as clarify the 85-15 rule. It also streamlines the application process for colleges that apply for the exception. It is also supported by Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges.

MarketWatch Taxpayers are owed more than $1 billion related to the student loan program — but not from borrowers – August 10, 2022
“We believe that if a school acted improperly, they lied to their students, they defrauded their students, there was a misrepresentation and the student was financially harmed, the institutions — after they’ve received their appropriate due process — should be held liable for the amounts discharged,” Kent said. “The Department, under this administration, has heavily weighted the due process rights of students while forgoing them for institutions,” he added, arguing that the settlement is an example of this dynamic.

Insider Logo200,000 student-loan borrowers get a 'grand slam' after a federal judge moves them closer to $6 billion in debt cancellation – August 9, 2022
"The parties' proposed settlement has unfairly impugned the reputations of more than 150 schools, all without the basic procedural fairness to which these schools are entitled under the Department's own regulations," Altmire said.

The Washington Post Logo$6 billion student loan settlement gets preliminary approval – August 4, 2022
“The parties’ proposed settlement has unfairly impugned the reputations of more than 150 schools, all without the basic procedural fairness to which these schools are entitled under the Department’s own regulations,” said Jason Altmire, president and chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a lobbying group for for-profit colleges.

The Washington Post LogoEducation Dept. proposes tougher regulation of for-profit colleges – July 26, 2022
For-profit colleges have argued that the revenue rule is not a good measure of the quality of education provided by colleges. Jason Altmire, chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges, called the rule “misguided” but commended the department’s approach. “Although we fundamentally disagree with this flawed accountability metric, we commend the Department for adopting the consensus-based language agreed upon during the negotiated rulemaking process,” Altmire.

Inside Higher Ed LogoFor-Profit Accountability and Pell Grants in Prisons – July 27, 2022
“This 90-10 formula has nothing to do with quality—this is a financial formula,” said Altmire. “They are making it more difficult for schools to pass the threshold.” Altmire said that since Congress proposed changes to 90-10 in 2021, for-profit colleges have been preparing for a change in the rule for the last two years. “We do feel our schools have the ability to do what they have to do to come into compliance,” he said in an interview with Inside Higher Ed.

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFederal officials attempt crackdown on for-profit colleges – July 26, 2022
"We look forward to working with the Department to implement the rule so that it is fair for both students and institutions,” CECU’s president and CEO Jason Altmire said.

Higher Ed DiveEd Department proposes tightening 90/10 rule and monitoring nonprofit conversions – July 26, 2022
“The 90/10 rule set by Congress is a misguided policy,” said CECU President and CEO Jason Altmire. “Although we fundamentally disagree with this flawed accountability metric, we commend the Department for adopting the consensus-based language agreed upon during the negotiated rulemaking process.”

Times Higher Education LogoBiden sets new limits on for-profit colleges – July 26, 2022
The chief association of for-profit institutions, Career Education Colleges and Universities, said it regarded the 90/10 rule as “a misguided policy” but credited the Biden administration with not pursuing some even harsher expansions of the rule put forward during the public negotiating sessions.

Inside Higher Ed LogoEducation Department Responds to For-Profit Motion to Intervene – July 27, 2022
Altmire did say, “We’re not surprised at the response. We are going through some of the arguments that were made, which are more sweeping in their implications than only this settlement.” According to CECU, many colleges that were listed in the settlement were concerned about the reputations being harmed due to the pending borrower-defense claims that they say they never got a chance to respond to.

NPR logoLoan forgiveness may be close for students claiming borrower defense – July 21, 2022
The settlement's critics also point out that the Education Department has investigated very few of these schools – let alone confirmed wrongdoing. "We have many concerns," says Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), a group that represents many of the schools on the list. "It does not appear that the department has done an individual review of each of these claims. In fact, they have themselves said that they did not do that," Altmire says.


Best CollegesFor-Profit Colleges Oppose Student-Loan Debt Settlement – July 18, 2022
Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at CECU, told BestColleges the motion is a matter of protecting due process rights for institutions, as well as the reputations of the schools involved. "In part, the department is circumventing the borrower defense process by grouping these schools together and suggesting they engaged in fraud," he said. "We believe there should be an avenue for borrowers to have their claims reviewed in a timely way… but we are concerned that the settlement agreement circumvented all of the department's own regulations."

Higher Ed DiveCourt pushes back hearing over $6B borrower defense settlement – July 19, 2022
“We think that this added time will allow the court to process and fully understand the missteps in the proposed settlement agreement and find that allowing the parties to intervene is necessary to preserving institutions’ due process protections afforded under the current borrower defense program,” Kent said.

Inside Higher Ed Logo For-Profits Seek to Intervene in Federal Borrower-Defense Settlement – July 15, 2022
“From discussions with schools listed in the proposed settlement agreement, several have indicated and expressed alarm that the Department of Education has never notified them of pending borrower-defense claims. This lack of notice and the ability to adequately respond violates institutions’ due process rights under the borrower-defense program,” said Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer for CECU.

Higher Ed DiveFor-profits oppose plan to forgive $6B in student loans to settle borrower defense case – July 14, 2022
“The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed settlement would grant debt cancellation relief to hundreds of thousands of borrowers without providing a meaningful process for assessing those borrower defense claims, and without giving all stakeholders a seat at the table to ensure that the outcome is fair and just for students, institutions, and taxpayers,” CECU President Jason Altmire said in a statement.

Inside Higher Ed LogoBorrower-Defense Claims Could Be Paid by Colleges – July 11, 2022
“The bifurcation of the process of reviewing and approving borrower-defense applications from the recruitment process is being proposed in order to forgive student loans en masse with little to no evidence while abdicating the department’s responsibility of being a good steward with taxpayer dollars,” said Kent.

The Wall Street Journal LogoBiden Administration Proposes Easing Student Loan Forgiveness Process for Defrauded Students – July 6, 2022
“For students who allege that they have been defrauded, there should be a careful and deliberative process for considering and resolving their claims,” said Jason Altmire, the head of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an association of for-profit schools. “[T]he Department intends to use the rule-making process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students in the process.”

The Washington Post LogoBiden administration wants to ease student-loan forgiveness for some – July 6, 2022
“Today’s proposed rule sends a clear and troubling message that the department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students in the process,” said Jason Altmire, chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges.

AP LogoMore flexibility proposed for student debt forgiveness – July 6, 2022
“Today’s proposed rule sends a clear and troubling message that the Department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students,” Altmire said.

Miami HeraldSome student loans may soon be easier to forgive. Here’s what that could mean for you – July 7, 2022
Some analysts are pushing back against the department’s push for borrower defense. The included provisions could be weaponized against for-profit institutions and should instead aim for greater balance between protecting students and institutions, according to Nicholas Kent, chief policy officer at CECU. “We don’t think it is grounded in existing statue, and we think it suffers from inadequate due process protection,” Kent told McClatchy News.

Politico Logo Biden administration unveils overhaul of ‘targeted’ student loan relief – July 7, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities president Jason Altmire said the administration’s proposed rule “sends a clear and troubling message that the Department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students in the process.

Los Angeles TimesBiden proposes more flexibility for student debt forgiveness – July 7, 2022
Jason Altmire, president and CEO of the industry trade group Career Education Colleges and Universities, said the policy would be an “unprecedented expansion” of the Education Department’s authority.

Inside Higher Ed LogoSimplifying Student Loans – July 7, 2022
Jason Altmire, the president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents the for-profit sector, said, “We think the department has greatly exceeded their authority in putting this type of proposal forward.” “This is a clear attempt by the department to weaponize the rule-making process specifically targeted at one sector of higher education,” said Altmire.

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionStudent loan debt would be erased for some under proposed U.S. plan – July 6, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization that represents for-profit colleges and universities, criticized the proposed changes, saying they are “not grounded in any existing statute.” “This is an unprecedented expansion of the Department’s authority that was never contemplated by Congress and that will have substantial negative economic consequences on institutions and taxpayers.”

ABC News Logo More flexibility proposed for student debt forgiveness – July 6, 2022
“Today’s proposed rule sends a clear and troubling message that the Department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students,” Altmire said.

Higher Ed DiveEd Department proposes regulatory changes to borrower defense, PSLF, other student loan protections – July 6, 2022
Jason Altmire, the group’s president, said in a statement that the draft regulations lack due-process protections. He said the department wants to discharge federal loans “en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students.”

CBS News LogoGetting student debt forgiveness could be easier under new rules proposed by Biden administration – July 6, 2022
"Today's proposed rule sends a clear and troubling message that the Department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students," Altmire said.

U.S. News & World Report LogoMore Flexibility Proposed for Student Debt Forgiveness – July 6, 2022
“Today’s proposed rule sends a clear and troubling message that the Department intends to use the rulemaking process to discharge federal student loans en masse while hurting unfavored institutions and their students,” Altmire said.

Politico LogoInside the deal that could revamp loan forgiveness for defrauded borrowers – July 5, 2022
Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, said in a statement to POLITICO that the group is “exploring all legal options.” He said that “CECU is especially concerned with the threat of potential due process violations and the public harm that will result from the proposed settlement if approved.”

Insider LogoBiden's Education Department just punted on a policy that could keep student-loan borrowers' debt from piling up after they graduate – June 25, 2022
Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions, said in a statement that he is "pleased that the Department of Education is taking the time necessary to reconsider their ill-conceived plans to propose an accountability measure that exempts the vast majority of institutions of higher education."

The Washington Post LogoEducation Dept. to cancel $6 billion in debt for defrauded borrowers – June 23, 2022
“We are deeply concerned that in its haste to respond to outside political pressure, the U.S. Department of Education is attempting to approve wide swaths of claims without regard to individual merit,” Jason Altmire, president and chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a lobbying group for for-profit colleges, said in a statement.

Inside Higher Ed Logo Education Dept. Agrees to Settle 200,000 Borrower-Defense Claims – June 24, 2022
“The department has an obligation to take a more measured approach to determine if each student has been financially harmed based on an unlawful act. The court should look carefully at the settlement agreement to ensure it is fair for all parties involved.”

Higher Ed DiveEd Department strikes $6B settlement with students who attended for-profits – June 23, 2022
“We are deeply concerned that in its haste to respond to outside political pressure, the U.S. Department of Education is attempting to approve wide swaths of claims without regard to individual merit,” CECU President and CEO Jason Altmire said in a statement.

Insider Logo Biden's Education Department just punted on a policy that could keep student-loan borrowers' debt from piling up after they graduate – June 25, 2022
Jason Altmire, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions, said in a statement that he is "pleased that the Department of Education is taking the time necessary to reconsider their ill-conceived plans to propose an accountability measure that exempts the vast majority of institutions of higher education."

Inside Higher Ed LogoBiden Pushes Gainful Employment to Spring – June 23, 2022
“Rushing towards an arbitrary deadline is not helpful for any public policy. We hope with this additional time the department will rethink their fundamental approach to this accountability framework,” said Nicholas Kent, the chief policy officer at Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions.

Higher Ed DiveEducation Department delays gainful employment proposal until 2023 – June 22, 2022
“CECU is pleased that the Department of Education is taking the time necessary to reconsider their ill-conceived plans to propose an accountability measure that exempts the vast majority of institutions of higher education,” CECU President Jason Altmire said in a statement.

The American Prospect LogoEducation Department Won’t Hold For-Profit College Executives Personally Accountable - June 15, 2022
The head of the for-profit college industry’s leading trade group, former member of Congress Jason Altmire, admitted to NPR, “In any case that involves substantial fraud or the owner withdrawing capital before a closure … they absolutely should be subject to [personal liability]. That is the reason that authority exists."

Inside Higher Ed LogoGainful Employment Change Could Harm For-Profits - June 9, 2022
“It is not an apples-to-apples comparison and the [Education] Department knows that,” said Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges. “We absolutely support accountability that applies across the board, to all schools and all sectors, but we are opposed to gainful employment as it is currently designed.”

PBS News Hour logoHarris remarks on canceled student loan debt for former Corinthian College students - June 2, 2022
“The (Education) Department and others should not conflate the actions of one organization with an entire sector that has provided opportunities for millions of students and contributed to our nation’s workforce,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities.

AP LogoStudent loan debt wiped clean for former Corinthian students - June 2, 2022
A for-profit college trade group said students who are deceived by their colleges deserve relief, but that Corinthian’s actions “do not represent all private career schools.” “The (Education) Department and others should not conflate the actions of one organization with an entire sector that has provided opportunities for millions of students and contributed to our nation’s workforce,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities.

Politico LogoBiden cancels all remaining student loan debt from Corinthian Colleges - June 1, 2022
Jason Altmire, a former Democratic congressman who now leads the for-profit college trade association Career Education Colleges and Universities, said in a statement on Wednesday that Corinthian’s actions “do not represent” the entire sector that he represents. “Students intentionally deceived by their college and who were financially harmed are entitled to appropriate relief regardless of whether the related actions are perpetrated by a public, nonprofit, or for-profit institution,” he said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal LogoBiden Administration Looks to Speed Student-Loan Forgiveness for Defrauded Borrowers - April 13, 2022
“That was the key issue—having to show that the student putting forward this claim would show harm on an individual basis,” said Jason Altmire, chief executive of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a for-profit school trade group.

The Business Journals LogoThe truck-driving industry claims there's a driver shortage. But it's complicated. - April 7, 2022
Meanwhile, for-profit colleges trained 7,600 drivers last year, or 51% of all truck-driving graduates, said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of the Career Education Colleges and Universities. “There is a lot of turnover for different reasons, and we feel like we are helping with the supply of drivers,” Altmire said. “We do try to make our students aware of what that lifestyle is going to look like.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoNew Education Department Rules on Failing For-Profit Colleges - March 24, 2022
Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, said, “Determining whether to pierce the corporate veil should be a fact-specific inquiry. When corporate parents intentionally withdraw equity or become the alter ego of the institutional subsidiary, piercing the veil may be appropriate. However, courts have long recognized that piercing the veil is not appropriate in the case of ordinary business decisions. The U.S. Department of Education should take into account all circumstances surrounding an institutional closure before taking the extraordinary step of piercing the corporate veil to reach the assets of the corporate parent.”

Higher Ed DiveThe Ed Department brokered a deal on 90/10 rule changes. Here's what's inside. - March 21, 2022
"It is surprising to a lot of people in higher education that the negotiating committee reached consensus on what was probably one of the most contentious items," said Nicholas Kent, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at Career Education Colleges and Universities. "I don't think that a lot of people — especially when they saw the department's opening proposal in January — thought that there was any way that the committee would reach consensus."

Higher Ed DiveGainful employment proposal looks at college vs. high school grads' earnings - March 9, 2022
"We think that if there are accountability measures that they should apply to all programs and all institutions," said Nicholas Kent, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at Career Education Colleges and Universities, an organization that represents for-profit institutions.

NPR logoWhen colleges defraud students, should the government go after school executives? - March 1, 2022
Altmire cautions, however, "If you're going to apply accountability standards, just apply them to all schools in all sectors." Translation: Make sure for-profit trade schools aren't the only kinds of colleges held under the microscope.

Inside SourcesNew Study Shows Many Traditional Colleges Fail ‘Gainful Employment’ Test for Grads - February 27, 2022
“This shows that had gainful employment been applied across all sectors of higher education, the vast majority of failing programs would have been at private nonprofit and public institutions, not-for-profit institutions,” said Altmire, a Democrat and former member of Congress from Pennsylvania. “This is a reality that many advocates of accountability for all sectors of higher education have long suspected, and now we have the data to show without a shadow of a doubt that all students across all sectors of higher education need protections to ensure that the programs they’re attending give them a strong return on investment.”

Diverse LogoFor-Profit Colleges Seeking to Become Nonprofits May Face Tighter Regulations - February 16, 2022
"The reality is that these transactions happen infrequently, in part because they typically take several years for federal and state agencies and college accreditors to assess the legitimacy of the conversion," he (Nicholas Kent) added via email. "For those that allege that a for-profit college may want to transition to nonprofit status simply to benefit from public perception or to escape regulatory scrutiny, that concern could be easily addressed if we hold all institutions to the same accountability rules."

Boston HeraldRules on for-profit colleges could hurt economy, veterans - February 16, 2022
“There is an argument to be made here that if this rule was a good rule, it would apply to all institutions, right?” said Kent about the 90/10 rule. “It’s only applied to career schools, private career schools, so, for-profit career schools, and, again, it doesn’t measure whether a student is getting a good education, what it’s measuring is whether or not the student has the ability to pay for some of that education and that’s not how we should be measuring outcomes in this country in higher education.”

The Business Journals Logo'Gainful employment' regulations to improve college accountability are back on the table - February 14, 2022
"The ongoing rulemaking is an opportunity for the Biden administration to develop common-sense regulations that focus not on an institution’s tax status or the types of programs it offers, but whether students receive a good return on their investment," Kent said. "Resurrecting the gainful employment regulations, which would fail to protect over 75 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary education, would be a missed opportunity for this administration to protect millions of degree-seeking students attending public and nonprofit institutions.”

Times Higher Education LogoFor-profit college conversions get new scrutiny in US – February 4, 2022
Career Education Colleges and Universities does have some members that now hold non-profit status, said the group’s president, Jason Altmire. “I would say the lines are being blurred every day between for-profit and non-profit,” Mr. Altmire said. “You’re going to see a lot more of this across higher education.” One of his group’s main concerns, Mr. Altmire said, was that the Education Department lacks the money to make proper assessments of applications for non-profit conversions.

Times Higher Education LogoBiden crackdown targets for-profit colleges – January 26, 2022
“We do not oppose accountability measures,” said Jason Altmire, CECU's president. “We believe any accountability measure that you want to impose, any metric that you want to use to measure accountability, should simply be applied to all schools without loophole and without gimmick."

Higher Ed Dive4 questions for-profit colleges face in 2022 - January 21, 2022
For-profit colleges have vociferously opposed their students being ineligible for the increase. "We feel that it is an injustice," said CECU President Jason Altmire. "It's just a matter of equity — that the Pell Grant program is designed to be portable."

The Wall Street Journal LogoFor-Profit Colleges That Lend to Their Own Students Face Scrutiny – January 20, 2022
“We look forward to working with the bureau and the higher education community to ensure any institutional loan programs meet students’ needs and provide appropriate safeguards,” said Jason Altmire, president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, an industry group representing for-profit schools.

Higher Ed DiveConsumer Financial Protection Bureau will examine private student lending - January 20, 2022
"We look forward to working with the Bureau and the higher education community to ensure any institutional loan programs meets students' needs and provides appropriate safeguards," said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of CECU.

U.S. News & World Report LogoBiden Administration Moves to Undo DeVos Education Agenda - January 18, 2022
“This negotiated rulemaking is a watershed opportunity for the Biden administration to develop sensible regulations that protect all students and safeguard taxpayer funds,” says Jason Altmire, president and CEO of the Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents the industry. “With the availability of more data than we’ve ever had in higher education, the negotiating committee – which includes the Department of Education – has a moral obligation to develop policies that hold public, private nonprofit, and for-profit institutions equally accountable for their outcomes.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoThe (Renewed) Fight Over Gainful Employment – January 18, 2022
Nicholas Kent, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at Career Education Colleges and Universities (the advocate for the for-profit sector), said in an interview that “many people feel that the current administration” has a “foregone conclusion” in favor of gainful employment. “We represent only 8 percent of students but are a disproportionate amount of the conversation,” he said.

The Washington Post LogoFor-profit colleges fight exclusion from Pell Grant increase in Biden’s spending bill - November 23, 2021
“It’s a clear attempt to dissuade people from going to for-profit schools,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges. “We’re talking about disadvantaging students [at for-profit schools] in a way that doesn’t address accountability.”

Inside Higher Ed LogoUsing Pell to Police For-Profits? - November 22, 2021
“In a House of Representatives with a five-vote Democratic margin, we were able to get 17 Democrats to support our position,” said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit institutions. “We’re very confident moving into the Senate in a 50-50 dynamic that when an amendment is offered, we’ll be able to make the case that our students should be included.”

The Business Journals LogoBuild Back Better's Pell Grant provision prompts debate in higher-ed circles - November 19, 2021
“What this legislation does is discriminate against students who have attended a proprietary school because they've made the determination that their school is the best setting for them to pursue their higher education,” Altmire said. “And there's a lot of reasons why that could be — more flexibility, time to completion, a comfort level with having visited the school and talked to the administrators or whatever the decision is — why should a politician in Washington tell a student where they can and can't use their Pell Grant money?”

Politico LogoFor-profit colleges fight exclusion from Biden’s Pell boost - November 15, 2021
Democrats “clearly hoped they would be able to slip this in and nobody would notice, and the process would move so quickly that nothing could be done about it. Of course that hasn't been the case,” said Jason Altmire. “It is clearly an attempt to dissuade students from going to a for-profit school,” he added.

The New York TimesDemocrats’ Bill Would Deny For-Profit College Students Extra Aid - November 12, 2021
“If you want to do a $1 trillion effort to rebuild America, those are our graduates,” Mr. Altmire said. “You’re going to disadvantage the very students you’re going to need to carry out this work.”

Higher Ed DiveBiden plan draws wide ire for excluding for-profit colleges from Pell increase - November 10, 2021
"This is a blunt instrument with a lot of unintended consequences," John Huston said. "We'd rather there be more of a focus on institutional accountability rules and that this provision be taken out."

Inside Higher Ed LogoHouse Members Urge Inclusion of For-Profits in Pell Increase - November 9, 2021
"Congress has never passed legislation creating this type of distinction in the Pell Grant program," the lawmakers wrote. "We urge you not to break from that bipartisan tradition and hope you will ensure that all low-income students are eligible for the expanded Pell Grant."

The Washington PostNationwide college enrollment continues to slide – October 26, 2021
Nicholas Kent at Career Education Colleges and Universities said the data is not a comprehensive look at the for-profit industry because it excludes two-year institutions. He says there is a bifurcation in the sector, with some schools suffering and others weathering tepid enrollment. All the same, the overall two-year decline among four-year for-profits and the community colleges are now very similar, Shapiro said. The sectors serve similar populations of students who are often older.

Higher Ed Dive LogoThe Ed Dept revived a financial aid investigative unit. Is it open season on for-profit colleges? - October 21, 2021
"Our fear is that this is just one more effort to target our sector and weaponize this new enforcement unit in a way that is going to only make it more difficult for proprietary schools to operate," said Jason Altmire, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, a group representing for-profit colleges.

The Washington PostCardona resurrects student-aid enforcement unit disbanded by DeVos - October 8, 2021
“We have a concern that, like happened under Obama, this effort at enforcement may only look at for-profit schools,” said Jason Altmire, CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit colleges. “Any effort to scrutinize financial aid should include all schools in all sectors because all students deserve protection and all schools should be held accountable.”

MarketWatchAdvocates are pushing to hold college executives liable when their schools collapse or mislead students - August 19, 2021
Though the Department of Education could arguably pursue personal liability for owners and executives based on provisions Congress added to the Higher Education Act in 1992, Altmire said his concern is that, “this is an extreme measure that they appear to be trying to make more commonplace than it was designed to be” under that law. “And certainly than it’s designed in corporate law. That is somewhat of an aberration from the traditional rules governing personal responsibility in corporate law in America,” Altmire said of the proposal.

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