MAPCS News | December 2013
Keeping You Informed

In This Issue
NASASPS Recognition
Legislative Alert - AG Regulations
Support MAPCS Advocacy
Contact MAPCS

 APSCU News     


Take Action on Gainful Employment


Click here to read a message from Steve Gunderson,

APSCU President and CEO


The U.S. Department of Education's "F" in Negotiated Rulemaking 

The U.S. Department of Education failed to achieve consensus on its misguided regulatory effort aimed at measuring quality through a graduate's near-term earnings.


NASASPS Recognizes over 300 Certified Higher Education Professionals

The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) recently recognized over 300 Certified Higher Education Professionals (CHEPs) from various institutions such as Career Education Corporation.


The CHEP certification awarded by NASASPS recognizes employees of career schools, colleges and universities who strive for excellence in their respective positions. 


The primary goal of this certification program is to enable institutions to develop high performing, compliant, and ethical employees to better serve students. 


CHEPs have successfully completed forty eight hours of approved training in their area of concentration and are required to complete eight hours of approved training annually to maintain their certification. 


Read full news release here.


Click here  to learn more about several Excellence Programs offered through the MAPCS Online Training Center that lead to NASASPS Certification.

AG Proposes New For-Profit and Occupational School Regulations


Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed proposed amendments to existing regulations that will affect the way all private post-secondary schools operate in Massachusetts.


The regulations are very broad reaching and in some cases overly burdensome and duplicative.  The proposed regulations address a host of issues including advertising, recruitment, earnings, student loans, placement rates, graduation rates, faculty qualifications and classroom instruction.


Some schools in Massachusetts will not be able to adhere to these regulations and will choose instead to close.  School closings could disproportionately harm non-traditional and lower-income students who rely upon schools like yours as a pathway to their own career success.


This will negatively impact employers as well who would be left with a reduced trained workforce and could lead to higher unemployment as teachers and administrators lose their jobs.


For other institutions these regulations will mean that their schools will be forced to juggle between several set of guidelines including their accreditor, the Department of Professional Licensure and the Attorney General's office. 


If you want to protect your school, your employees and your students we urge you to attend one of the two public hearing scheduled on the proposed regulations.


The first will be in Boston on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Leverett Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room C.  


A second hearing will take place in Springfield on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Santander Bank Building, 1350 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Room A. 


We know it is the holiday season and you are busy with other things, but please take the time to read the regulations and prepare to attend and testify at the public hearings.


We can make a difference if all of the private post-secondary schools make their voices heard in writing or at the public hearings.


MAPCS is working on comments and will testify at the public hearing.  We will share these comments with you next week. Feel free to copy these for your own testimony or by all means write your own.

Click here to review the proposed regulation amendments.

Will You Support the MAPCS Legislative Advocacy?


MAPCS will retain the services of Quinn and Morris to help the association make sure its voice is heard regarding the Attorney General's regulations.


Many MAPCS members have already agreed to fund this effort.  Your financial support would also be appreciated.  Please contribute to the effort. 
Your MAPCS Membership will also support the association's legislative efforts.  There really is strength in numbers.  If you join MAPCS today you will help the private post-secondary sector and your own school.  


Even as we work to address the Attorney General's proposed regulations at the public hearings in January we continue to work toward the development of reasonable regulations at the Department of Professional Licensure.   


Click here to donate to the MAPCS advocacy fund.


Click here to join MAPCS online. 


Click here to download a Membership Brochure and Application.

Contact MAPCS


Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools

11 Robert Toner Blvd. # 234  | 

North Attleboro, MA  02763

Phone: 508-695-3919 | Fax: 508-232-6005


Catherine Flaherty, Executive Director

Victoria Ranko, Program Assistant