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Steve Gunderson

For-Profit College Lobbyist Gives the Game Away

David Halperin | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
David Halperin

It is absolutely stunning that the for-profit colleges' chief lobbyist, Steve Gunderson, told a reporter today that a new Obama Administration proposed rule -- a rule that would finally give students and taxpayers some leverage to recover payments for abuses by predatory schools -- "will crush career education."

Ex-Congressman Solicits $80,000 From For-Profit Colleges for Court Paper Aimed At Shielding Fraud

David Halperin | Posted 01.06.2017 | Business
David Halperin

The Republican ex-congressman who now works as the chief lobbyist for the troubled for-profit college industry has ushered in the new year with an email asking for-profit college owners to finance a legal brief aimed at limiting the legal risk of companies in fraud cases.

For-Profit College Lobbyist Explains Decades of Fraud as Humanitarian Mission

David Halperin | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

The fight is far from over. The industry's effort to strike down the Obama gainful employment rule -- a modest measure that would weed out from federal aid eligibility just a small fraction of the programs that leave students with crushing debt -- continues today in Congress and the courts.

Big For-Profit Colleges Quit Trade Group APSCU

David Halperin | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Some of the largest for-profit college companies -- including, last month, DeVry and Kaplan -- have recently left the industry's main trade group. Funded to boost its industry's fortunes, APSCU may instead have contributed to dragging the industry down. Now APSCU itself may be a sinking ship.

Websites Promising Jobs and Medicaid Are Instead Bait for For-Profit College Telemarketers

David Halperin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
David Halperin

The operations may well be in violation of federal statutes prohibiting deceptive marketing and unwanted telephone sales calls, as well as DOE laws and regulations barring payment of sales commissions to college recruiters. At the very least, they are guilty of using sleazy tactics to sell poor-quality products.

APSCU, Chamber Sought to Stack Rulemaking Panel With Execs From Troubled For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
David Halperin

What is striking is that APSCU not only demanded a super-sized contingent of for-profit college representatives on the panel but also proposed for membership some of the most abusive for-profit college companies.

For-profit College Group APSCU Has Consistently Harbored Fraudulent Schools

David Halperin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Companies in your sector and your trade association are opposing a rule that would motivate career colleges to provide higher quality programs, at more affordable prices. Your opposition to the gainful employment rule is hurting students, taxpayers, and our economy.

Exposed: For-Profit Colleges' Blueprint for Blocking Obama Regulations

David Halperin | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Posted on the website of an accounting firm in Puerto Rico is a revealing PowerPoint presentation dated February 20, 2014, and credited to Steve Gunderson, the CEO of APSCU. It outlines APSCU's plan for defeating the Obama administration's key regulation aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable for leaving students with insurmountable debt.

WOW: You Won't Believe What This For-Profit College Lobbyist Just Said (and Did)

David Halperin | Posted 04.24.2014 | College
David Halperin

The industry he represents is seeking once again to block the Obama Administration from issuing a "gainful employment" rule that would, eventually, cut off federal student aid to career training schools that consistently leave their students with overwhelming debt.

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior

David Halperin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
David Halperin

A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.

For-Profit Colleges' New Report on Troops and Vets: Real Change or More Whitewash?

David Halperin | Posted 04.29.2013 | College
David Halperin

Troops and vets, as well as other potential students, are getting the message that these schools may be hazardous to their futures; enrollment is down, and the industry is in a tailspin.

For-Profit College Industry's Phony Pitch to Obama: Now We're BFFs!

David Halperin | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
David Halperin

Far from being the friends and empowerers of people of color, women, veterans, and low-income people, many of the big for-profit colleges have been some of their worst predators.

New For-Profit College Lobbyist Is Long-Time Champion of Troubling Policies

David Halperin | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
David Halperin

Sally Stroup is a long-time specialist in federal higher education policy -- with a subspecialty in promoting the interests of private companies who seek excessive compensation from taxpayers while performing poorly for students.

For-Profit Colleges: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old

David Halperin | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
David Halperin

Instead of using his stature to lead his industry to a more responsible place, Steve Gunderson appears only to be pursuing a strategic alliance with traditional colleges to avoid accountability measures.

Chris Kirkham

Federal Student Loan Dollars Paid For This Ritzy View | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

TRUCKEE, Calif. -- After two years of intense scrutiny and new federal regulations that have cut into booming enrollments at for-profit colleges, the ...