Op-Ed From National Black Chamber of Commerce

Career College Central Summary:

  • Alford writes: Imagine if the federal government decided to regulate hospitals and medical clinics by judging them strictly by their ability to achieve specific outcomes for their patients — as opposed to measuring their quality of service — or else funding would be cut off, causing them to close their doors.
  • Moreover, not all hospitals and clinics would be subject to these regulations — just the ones in neighborhoods with older populations, higher percentages of people living in poverty, and larger numbers of Latino and African-American residents.
  • The scenario above would lead to the closure of hundreds of hospitals which serve the vital role of providing health services to the underserved Americans who need them most. A proposal like this would be lambasted by Americans as outrageous and harmful.
  • However, this is exactly what the U.S. Department of Education has proposed when it comes to college programs throughout the country with its proposed "gainful employment" regulations.
  • Various studies have shown that approximately 1 million students are enrolled in programs that will likely lose eligibility for Title IV federal student aid under the proposed regulations, and up to 7.5 million students could lose access by 2024. 
  • Analysis from Charles River Associates suggest that between 25 and 40 percent of African-American students, between 21 and 39 percent of Hispanic students, and between 24 and 41 percent of female students are enrolled in impacted programs.
  • These are the very individuals, in every corner of our country, who are working to break into the American middle class.
  • They are also people for whom traditional public or non-profit colleges simply aren't an option — either due to costs, schedules, admissions requirements or simply due to choice, a freedom we enjoy in this country the last time I checked. 

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