Politico Pro: Alexander: Final 'Gainful' Rule Will Fail Students

Posted on October 30, 2014

The Education Department’s final “gainful employment” regulation “will fail 840,000 American students in three ways,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a statement today.

The department says about 1,400 career training programs that together enroll more than 800,000 students would fail the final rule.
The Education Department’s final “gainful employment” regulation “will fail 840,000 American students in three ways,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a statement today.

The department says about 1,400 career training programs that together enroll more than 800,000 students would fail the final rule.

Alexander said the rule leaves students in those programs with nowhere else to go, “takes away” their ability to decide where to pursue an education, and does nothing to ensure students receive a quality education in the program they’re pursuing.

“If the administration wants to weed out bad actors among the 6,000 public and private colleges and universities, this is not the way to do it,” Alexander said. “This regulation could shut down a bachelor’s degree nursing program at a for-profit institution but not one in exactly the same circumstances at a non-profit or public institution.”