June 23, 2022
Amy Laitinen was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed to gain insight on possible gainful employment pushes coming in the future.
In reaction to the delay, consumer protection advocates are concerned about the lack of enforcement mechanisms on for-profit institutions in the interim.
“The Biden administration undertook an ambitious regulatory agenda, and I think gainful [employment] is the centerpiece of this,” said Amy Laitinen, senior director for higher education policy at the left-leaning think tank New America. “I think it's really disappointing that the Biden administration did not prioritize getting this one done in a timely manner.”
If all goes as planned, the final rule on gainful employment would not be put into place until July 2024, a year after the originally proposed timeline, and failing colleges would not be punished until 2027. Advocates say that this delay on a release of heightened enforcement mechanisms is worrisome for students who are most targeted by predatory colleges.
Read the full article here.