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Bipartisan Coalition of Members Urge Administration to Freeze “Gainful Employment” Implementation


Dear Secretary Duncan,

In light of the recent ruling on measures of gainful employment issued by the US District Court for the District of Columbia, we write to extend an offer of cooperation. In our opinion, we see this judgment as an opportunity for the Department and Congress to work together on ways to best provide information to students, their families and our workforce about postsecondary education options.

In his written decision, Judge Rudolph Contreras in The Association of Private Colleges and Universities vs. Arne Duncan and the United States Department of Education state, “Because one of the debt measures lacks reasoned basis, that regulation will be vacated as arbitrary and capricious. Because the majority of the related rules cannot stand without the debt measures, they will be vacated as well…” Considering the decision, we ask that the Department put any further implementation of the gainful employment rules on hold as well as refrain from starting a new round of negotiated rulemaking.

To read the full letter, click here.

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