Salmon and Hastings Sponsor Bipartisan Legislation to Help Students, Improve Higher Education Transparency

Jun 18, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Reps. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) introduced the Transparency in Education Act (TIE Act).  With 18 original cosponsors, the bipartisan bill requires the U.S. Department of Education to respond to repeated calls for real transparency and accountability in its attempts to promulgate the proposed 841-page gainful employment regulation.  As currently drafted, the proposed regulation would curtail higher education opportunities for millions of students attending schools in every state.

“The proposed gainful employment regulation would impact countless students pursuing a higher education—especially minority and non-traditional students, the very individuals the Department of Education claims to be helping.”  Rep. Salmon noted, “With this legislation, we call for transparency and an accurate measurement of the effects this regulation will have on our nation’s young people.”

House cosponsor, Rep. Hastings offered the following comment on the legislation:

“The Transparency in Education Act will introduce fairness to the implementation of the gainful employment regulation,” said Rep. Hastings. “It is foreseeable that tens of thousands of higher education programs will fail to meet the gainful employment regulation. This will impact millions of students, many of whom are non-traditional students, minorities and Veterans. We do not oppose an assessment of higher education programs, we simply call for the assessment to be fair. The Transparency in Education Act ensures that is,” concluded Rep. Hastings.

Joining Salmon and Hastings as original co-sponsors (18): Reps. Phil Roe (TN-1), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4), Glenn Thompson (PA-5), Mike Kelly (PA-3), Richard Hudson (NC-8), Trent Franks (AZ-8), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (CA-25), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Joe Garcia (FL-26), Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Jim Matheson (UT-4), Alan Grayson (FL-9), and Todd Rokita (IN-4).

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Proposed Regulation Background:

  • The gainful employment regulation targets higher education’s proprietary sector, affecting many of the nation’s non-traditional students seeking to further their education. According to some studies, the regulation will reduce postsecondary education options for as many as 3.9 million students by 2020, many of whom are minorities, Veterans, or low-income.
  • On December 13, 2013, 30 Members of the House of Representatives asked Secretary Duncan for the data necessary to analyze the full impact of the proposed regulations across the entire system of higher education. This data request was ignored.

 What it Does:

  • This bill would require the Secretary of Education and the U.S. Controller General to complete a data analysis of the impact of the proposed rule. Specifically, it requires a data analysis on the impact of the proposed rule on all students eligible for federal financial student aid – Federal Pell Grant recipients, minority students, students over the age of 24, veterans, independent and dependent students – prior to issuing a final rule.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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