Washington, DC – September 22, 2016 – The below statement can be attributed to Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU:

“The U.S. Department of Education’s decision today will have horrible ramifications for hundreds of thousands of students, thousands of dedicated faculty and staff, and hundreds of communities and employers that rely on institutions accredited by ACICS.

“No Administration has politicized accreditation like the current one. To act in such a partisan and biased manner will do nothing to help new traditional students. Instead of working with stakeholders on all sides of the issue and creating a solution that preserves access, the Department once again takes the path of greatest destruction.

“This is disappointing. The pain will not be felt by the political appointees and bureaucrats in Washington, DC, but ordinary Americans trying to improve their livelihood.

“There are already too many innocent students on the street as victims of this Department’s war on the sector. We call on the Department to take the necessary steps to support schools and students in any transition.”