Accreditation

Regional accreditors align their actions and the procedures they use to impose them

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In effort to ward off mounting criticism of accreditation, the seven regional agencies collaborate to align their punishments and how they impose them.

Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education

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Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation

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An accrediting agency just approved a free, online university with a largely volunteer faculty. Is accreditation really the squelcher of experimentation it is made out to be?

UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

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A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.

White House science council recommends U.S., accreditors support MOOCs

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President Obama's science and technology council recommends the federal government and regional accreditors get out of the way for MOOCs.

Accreditation issues, practical and philosophical, on display in D.C.

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As federal panel weighs fate of agency that withdrew support from City College of San Francisco, lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder future role for the government in accreditation.

Controversy and important questions around UConn's proposal to limit outside credits

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UConn's stalled proposal to limit outside credits earned by non-transfer students generates controversy and may be a sign of future tussles to come over "unbundled" degrees.

Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models

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Congress starts getting specific about higher education policy changes, with calls for deregulation and the expansion of competency-based education.

City College of San Francisco's quest to keep its doors open

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City College of San Francisco scrambles to make hundreds of accreditor-ordered fixes while lawsuits fly and the feds crack down on the college's accreditor.

For-profit colleges say U.S. discriminates against them in state authorization

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The U.S. Education Department is applying its state authorization regulation differently to nonprofit and for-profit colleges, in ways that some experts believe is unfair and possibly illegal.

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