HELP SAVE THE PROPRIETARY SCHOOL INDUSTRY!
It is SAFE to speak up.
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce
has PROMISED anonymity to those who speak up!
Yes, that’s right! You can communicate how the U.S. Department of Education’s organized assault on the entire proprietary sector has falsely defamed or harmed your school and the proprietary sector as a whole. For-profit schools serve a valuable purpose and the performance of these schools cannot be accurately accessed by the misreported and manipulated data ED has provided. The Committee needs to know that!
The Committee professional staff already understands all of the evidence as presented in Mary Lyn Hammer’s investigative report titled, Injustice for All and is beginning to see how this assault could put the proprietary sector as a whole out of business. Now, the Committee wants to hear from the schools and students affected by this atrocity—before it is too late to save our industry and American’s choice of higher education!
Please share this information
ACT TODAY! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1. Write a letter, draft an email or prepare for a call or visit to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, and your Congressional offices that includes:
- The “story” about your school like how long you’ve been in business, how you got started, how many employees you have, and how many students you have.
- Performance information like graduation rates, cohort default rates, and placement rates. If you offer training for any license or certification, give details about your students’ pass rates.
- Any information that shows the importance of what you do in your community. Remember your Congressional delegates live there too.
- Tell how ED’s assault on the entire for-profit sector does not accurately represent the majority of proprietary institutions that do a great job of educating Americans. Give a few examples of your school’s success stories.
- Tell how ED’s manipulated data and reporting has unjustly labeled you as “predatory” and “unethical” and hurt the reputation of your school.
- Tell how your enrollments have decreased and how you’ve had to lay people off, if any, because of it.
- Tell how this misinformation has affected the morale of your staff and your students.
- Tell if your students are having a more difficult time finding employment because of misled opinions about the quality of education your school delivers.
- Remember that your employees, students and employers are voters for these Congressional Members. This should be important to them as your representatives and as Americans.
2. For written communication, include a copy of the “Higher Education Performance FACTS from Injustice for All” or include the electronic version in a follow-up email after your call.
3. If you are comfortable presenting a more comprehensive document to the Committee and your Congressional Members, you use the “Shock-ED Talking Points”.
4. For your Members of Congress including Senators and Congressmen, also include a copy of Injustice for All so that they can read about the FACTS of how the U.S. Department of Education has manipulated data and reporting to hurt your institution and the students you serve. We can deliver this on your behalf—please, send instructions in the comments for the order or email us.
5. Send information about your communication to [email protected] so that we (Mary Lyn Hammer, Gary Schleuger, or Tom Netting) can follow-up with the people who you have communicated with. If you would like us to deliver the “Shock-ED Talking Points” or a copy of Injustice for All on your behalf, we will be happy to do so. Please, make notes in the “comments” on your order or send us an email so that we can support what you are doing!
You can download the electronic copies of “Higher Education Performance FACTS from Injustice for All” and “Shock-ED Talking Points”.
Please, contact the following offices TODAY and let them know you support efforts to investigate this matter fully so solutions for students and schools that have been harmed by the Department’s actions can be developed:
- House Education & Workforce Committee: Tel 202-225-4527, Fax 202-225-9571, https://edworkforce.house.gov/contact/
- House Oversight & Government Reform Committee: Tel 202-225-5074, Fax 202-225-3974, https://oversight.house.gov/
- Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee: Tel 202-224-5375, http://www.help.senate.gov/
- Your Members of the U.S House of Representative— house.gov/representatives/
- Your United States Senators— senate.gov/senators/contact