MAPCS News -- June 2013


The U.S.Department of Education has opted to not appeal gainful employment litigation. 


Recently Steve Gunderson, APSCU President and Chief Executive Officer

commented on the decision.  He said, "We are very pleased to see that the Department has chosen to not continue gainful employment litigation. With the Congress expected to undertake Higher Education Reauthorization in the coming months, we hope Congress will help all institutions of higher education, and the Department, determine where and how we create appropriate protocols to determine outcomes for all students at all institutions. We are committed to working closely with the Department to educate students and prepare them for in-demand jobs." 

Delay of U.S. Department of Education State Authorization 

"On-Ground Rule"

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it is delaying the implementation of the state authorization regulation until July 1, 2014. 


Prior to the announcement, APSCU wrote two letters to the Department, the first on April 10 and a follow-up communication on May 10. In both communications, APSCU requested a list of states deemed compliant. The Department has not provided that information to APSCU nor did it include a listing in the announcement. APSCU will continue to follow-up on that issue and any other issues that arise as a result of the announcement.


For more information on APSCU news contact Brian Newman.


Phone: 202-336-6807 



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North Attleboro, MA  02763

Phone: 508-695-3919

Fax: 508-232-6005


Cathy Flaherty


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DPL Announces New Occupational 
School Advisory Council 


The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) today announced the membership of a new Advisory Council on Private Occupational Schools, which will be chaired by Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony. 


The 12-member Advisory Council was created by Chapter 106 of the Acts of 2012, which transferred oversight of private occupational schools to DPL in 2012. The members of the Advisory Council bring a broad range of professional experience and industry-related expertise that will aid DPL in licensing and regulating private occupational schools, which train thousands of professionals across the state. 


The first meeting of the Advisory Council will take place on June 7.


"I look forward to moving this industry forward in the right direction," said Undersecretary Anthony. "There are many areas, such as advertising and sales practices in particular, where the Advisory Council has the chance to make a positive difference for students and schools alike."  Read More

Three MAPCS Members Appointed to DPL Advisory Council


Two members of the MAPCS Board and a MAPCS School Director were appointed to the DPL Advisory Council.  Their appointments will ensure that the private career school sector's voice will be heard as new policies and regulations are considered.


The new Advisory Council members include;


Sheryl Sheryl DeWalt is the President and Managing member of DeWalt Institute LLC d/b/a Health Training Center, Cambridge, MA. Prior to her purchase of Health Training Center in February 2012, she was a Partner in the Education Services Group of a CPA firm headquartered in Savannah, GA for six years.  She was the lead partner managing financial statement and U.S. Department of Education Title IV compliance audits for more than 100 private post-secondary for profit education institutions located in 30 states and several foreign countries.  


In addition, Sheryl performed due diligence/transaction advisory services for privately held investor groups and current proprietary school owners and was a frequent presenter at national conferences of career college associations and accrediting agencies including ABHES, ACCSC and ACCET regarding audit/attest and merger and acquisition guidance. In addition, she was in the academic teaching community for seven years serving as a lecturer at community and state universities where she taught financial, managerial, governmental, cost accounting and auditing classes.  During her time in the academic teaching field, she provided assistance in completing research and writings published in peer reviewed journals. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business, a MBA in Accounting and has been a licensed CPA for over 20 years.


Sheryl is a member of the MAPCS Board of Directors.


Michael FryarMichael Fryar is a 20+ year veteran of education that started after he earned his Masters in Early Childhood Development.  While he is relatively new to career colleges, Michael began as an elementary school teacher before becoming an education consultant for Plato Learning and moving into adult education.  He has been a corporate training manager for a HMO, a curriculum consultant for a publishing company, designed and taught training courses for Connecticut state agencies and the Connecticut Bar Association, and designed and taught post-secondary courses for colleges.  

When not in the classroom, Michael earned a law degree from Quinnipiac University and opened a firm representing clients in business, education and children.  He is currently completing an MBA at the University of Connecticut with a focus in Finance and plans on applying for a PhD in Education for the fall of 2013.
Michael is a member of the MAPCS Board of Directors.


Michelle McCarrhty.2 Michelle McCarthy graduated from Emerson College, Boston, MA, with a BS in Communications.  Her first position in the education field was at Tufts University Summer School Division where she was able to learn many aspects of a traditional private educational institution.  Following this Michelle spent years raising her children then returned to the education field in 2000, working in both admissions and career services for a proprietary school.   


In 2002, Michelle began working for Lincoln Technical Institute, Lowell, MA, as the Career Services Director.  Four years later she moved into the Education Director position, and in August of 2007, became the Executive Director of the Lowell Campus, where she currently resides today.  In 2009, Michelle was awarded the Executive Director of the Year award from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.  In 2009, she was elected to be an Advisory Council Member for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Proprietary Schools and served until 2012.