Joint Statement - Representatives Dennis A. Ross, Dan Burton, & Kristi Noem Decry Department of Education “Gainful Employment” Regulations
Misguided Regulations Will Fall Disproportionately on Low Income, Minority, and Later in Life Students Looking to Access the American Dream
Jun 3, 2011 -
Washington, DC – Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Oversight Subcommittee and member of the Republican Study Committee, is circulating a letter to House Republican leadership asking them to refuse to allow American jobs to be held hostage while the President plays politics with jobs.
“We are deeply disappointed in the Department of Education’s decision to move forward with the gainful employment regulation. If the Department was truly concerned about consumer protection, a better alternative would be to arm consumers – students – with information, and let them make the best decision for their economic and family situation. The Department should be developing policies that increase student access to course offerings and degree granting programs, rather than attempting to pick higher education winners and losers. Unfortunately as a direct result of these misguided regulations, many worthy programs are expected to close, thousands of jobs will be lost, and the neediest students will lose access to the educational opportunities vital to their economic success.
The statement continued, “It is sad that the summit of the President’s race to the top seems only available to those willing to bow before the bureaucrats. The President, the Department, and students across America can rest assured that we will do everything we can to reverse these regulations and ensure that all Americans have education choice and not just those that can pay for the privilege.”
The proposed Gainful Employment regulations would require that career colleges and programs provide students for “gainful employment” in recognized occupations. To determine if one has achieved “gainful employment,” the Department of Education wants to tie its federal loans to students' debt-to-income ratio as well as the repayment rates of the for-profit institution. The impact of this misguided regulation will fall on low-income and minority college students, as well as single parents or later in life students.