Minority Leaders Demand “Minority Student Impact Assessment” Before Finalizing Gainful Employment Rule

    Minority Leaders Demand "Minority Student Impact Assessment" Before Finalizing Gainful Employment Rule

    PR Newswire

    Regulation targets millions of minority students but DoED doesn't understand impact it will have on low-income and minority students

    Policy written behind DoED closed doors with short-seller influence

    WASHINGTON: Just as we expect the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the positive and negative impact a proposed project will have on a surrounding area, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and Lanny Davis, are joining with the Hispanic Leadership Fund to host a press conference call on Monday, May 9, 2011, demanding that the Department of Education undergo a "Minority Student Impact Assessment" to determine how many students will be affected by the controversial "Gainful Employment" rule that is set to be finalized in upcoming weeks.

    We believe that the proposed rule, which creates the perverse incentive for colleges to avoid enrolling low income and minority students altogether, will worsen the already large degree attainment gaps that Blacks and Hispanics face in this country.

    The Department of Education has largely ignored the criticism of its proposed regulation and has remained secretive about its final version of the rule. As the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reviews the rule, minority leaders will call for an assessment on how their constituencies will be affected by this regulation.

    Who: ?Harry Alford, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    Lanny Davis, former Clinton White House Special Counsel
    Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund

    When: Monday, May 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm ET

    Conference Line: (866) 813-5647

    Passcode: 29752749

    RSVP: kdebow@nationalbcc.org

    About NBCC

    The NBCC reaches 100,000 Black-owned businesses. There are 1.9 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. Black businesses account for over $138 billion in annual sales. African Americans have over $1 trillion in expendable income each year according to the US Bureau of Census. The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.

    For more information, please call NBCC at (202) 466-6888 or visit ?www.nationalbcc.org/.


    /PRNewswire-USNewswire – May 6, 2011/

    SOURCE National Black Chamber of Commerce