Even in a state with a long history in higher education, proposals like Coakley’s will result in limiting higher education access. Our nation faces a shortfall in education capacity to train students for in-demand careers. Despite best intentions, public institutions cannot fill those gaps alone. According to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the state, like others, has cut support for higher education spending by 31 percent since 2001.
Private enterprises have stepped in to fill the gap. Today, private sector institutions in Massachusetts account for 70 percent of all certificates awarded in the state and our schools employ nearly 3,000 dedicated workers.
Instead of demonizing one type of institution, let us find a way to work together to grow the connection between postsecondary education and careers.
President and CEOAssociation of Private Sector Colleges and Universities