Dario A. Cortes

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, today testified in Washington, DC, at the Joint Hearing on “The Gainful Employment Regulation: Limiting Job Growth and Student Choice.”  The Joint Hearing comprised the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending, and the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

“Berkeley College is proud of its standards, regional accreditation, and 80-year history of preparing students for career success,” said Dr. Cortes following the hearing.  “I urge those whom are in positions to do so, to lessen the regulatory burden being imposed on private sector institutions, so that our attention and resources may be placed where they duly deserve to be – on the preparation, teaching, and learning of our students.”

In his testimony, Dr. Cortes emphasized three points: significant uncertainty regarding the actual impact of the new rule on students in both the short and long terms; lack of clarity on the debt-to-income ratio calculation and the data by which programs will be measured, because the calculations do not provide a realistic picture of how much excess loan funds a student may actually receive; and the undue administrative burden the new federal rule will impose on private-sector schools. 

“We believe the new federal rule imposes a layer of unnecessary confusion for both prospective and current students as well as for institutions,” Dr. Cortes testified.  He urged the Department of Education to use its many current tools to end the conduct of so-called “bad actors” who simply should not be in the business of educating students.

To see a copy of the testimony submitted, click here.