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Alexander: Obama Administration’s Gainful Employment Regulation “Not the Way to Weed Out Bad Actors”

Says regulation “will fail 840,000 American students in three ways”

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Oct. 30 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Obama administration’s new rule on gainful employment:

“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. 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.”

He added: “The administration’s misguided 945‎-page rule to regulate whether colleges are preparing students for gainful employment will fail 840,000 American students in three ways: First, this rule will kick them out of their colleges when states and other institutions can’t possibly accommodate them. Second, it takes away their ability to make decisions about where they want to get an education and tells them the federal government knows better. Third, this regulation does nothing to ensure that students are receiving a quality education in the program they are pursuing.”

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