New York APC Represented on U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Panel

Session to Develop Rules Ensuring Students Receive a Solid College Education Leading to a Good Job.

Marc Jerome

Marc Jerome, APC Colleges board member and executive vice president of Monroe College

New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) today announced that Marc Jerome, of its board and executive vice president of Monroe College, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to serve as a key voice providing a New York perspective as it reviews the proposed Gainful Employment rule. Work is slated to begin today.

In July 2010, the DOE proposed the rule and a complex portfolio of measures for determining whether education programs within the proprietary sector lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Under the proposed rule, a program’s eligibility for federal student financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act would be based on meeting rigorous student loan debt metrics.

Jerome is one of 15 negotiators and 14 alternates selected to represent the various segments of higher education. “We are extremely pleased with Marc Jerome’s selection and believe his experience as the Executive Vice President of Monroe College provides insight into how higher education serves a diverse population of students that often are overlooked,” said Donna Stelling-Gurnett executive director of APC Colleges. “Many students in New York are returning to classroom following a period of time in the workforce, raising a family, or while in pursuit of specialty training.”

Jerome has spent the last twenty years examining student financial assistance programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help students pay for college. His nomination is supported by all 26 colleges that comprise New York’s APC.

“Marc Jerome has extensive experience working with and representing minority students and students who are eligible for Pell,” said Stelling-Gurnett. “His institution graduates more African American and Latino students with undergraduate degrees than any other college in New York State, and carries a 10-year loan repayment metric of more than 82 percent.

The Association of Proprietary Colleges is the only state organization that exclusively represents degree-granting proprietary colleges. The Board of Regents carefully regulates New York’s higher education proprietary sector. It meets the same consumer protection and academic integrity standards of its independent and public sector counterparts. APC represents degree-granting colleges on 41 campuses across the state, serving more than 60,000 students. The proprietary sector has deep New York roots with a number of its members enjoying histories of more than 150 years.

“New York’s proprietary sector is committed to assisting DOE as it seeks to remedy a number of complex economic problems stemming from the various challenges associated with college student debt,” said Stelling-Gurnett.