• Federal and State Affairs

    Whether it is federal legislative and regulatory activity, or state-specific activity impacting students and private institution in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, CSPEN is here to provide you with the latest information and steps you and your institution can take to advocate for your students and your school(s).


  • Community Action

    Our members play a critical role in providing highly skilled employees for our local workforce and growing economy. Private career colleges and schools provide individuals field-specific education, at both degree and certificate levels, helping to fill the gap of skilled workers that employers demand. Join us in sharing our students’ success with legislators, agencies and other policy makers.


  • Professional Development

    Sponsored learning opportunities are available for our members on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to offer relevant information to every department, and in most cases, free of charge. Please check back often for updated webinars and other events on our calendar and Resources tab, and join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.


Session 2 – Committee 1 Summary


SAE Institute North America’s President to Represent For-Profit Institutions in Federal Negotiated Rulemaking 

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CSPEN and Sister Associations Letter to Devos Speaking up for ACICS Institutions

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Call to Action and the Dear Colleague Letter


Download your copy of the Call to Action and Dear Colleague Letter

The First Month of Trump Administration


Trump’s Initial Action Looks FAVORABLE. DOE Actions to Follow

President Trump’s Initial Action on Inauguration Day Set The Stage for FAVORABLE Department of Education Actions to Follow

Just hours after President Trump became our nation’s 45th President, he took time out of the Inaugural festivities to sign an Executive Order which he stated was intended minimize the impact of the health care law…

View the 2016 Conference Schedule

Sponsor/Exhibitor Information: Call 952.277.9966 or email centralstatesedu@gmail.com for more information.


CSPEN: State of the Sector


Save Our Schools: A Legislative Outreach Plan That Can Impact Your Survival

Beth Gardner and Tony Palmieri, Valley College

The Gainful Employment regulation is a brutal reality. Think you’re safe? Think again. Your numbers may not be what you think they are. The only way to save your students and your school from this harmful regulation is to ask for the help of …


Innovation In The Classroom: Tips to Engage Today’s Learner

Martin Atkins and Dr. Michele Ernst, SAE Institute

Today’s students come to the classroom with many distractions, challenging even the more seasoned instructors with how to get their attention. In this presentation, Martin and Michele will share tips to engage the new learner, including sharing the learning theories that support these …


Winter Webinar Series

Sponsored by Pearson

Sustainability and Wellness as Tools for
Differentiation in the Market

Did you know that 80% of young professionals would like to work in a green job and that by 2038, the
United States is expected to have 4.2 million new green jobs? This is five times today’s current count.