Whether U.S. should require accreditors to monitor colleges' transfer policies divides nonprofit and for-profit agencies.
Accreditors and colleges oppose Education Department's effort to ramp up federal oversight of quality control process.
Accrediting groups give ground on reporting student learning outcomes -- but not enough to satisfy U.S. officials.
Here's why the work of a U.S. panel reviewing federal rules on accreditation matters.
Education Dept. offers compromise on measuring learning outcomes, but colleges say plan would still "federalize" accreditation.
Members of U.S. panel negotiating changes to accreditation rules divided over learning outcomes and transfer of credit.
U.S. negotiating panel formally rejects proposal for new policy for accreditors, but for-profit college officials perceive victory.
As federal panel on accreditation deadlocks, U.S. official's late-night message to a member is seen as intimidation.
Appointment of harsh critic to U.S. panel that reviews accreditors seen as part of broader effort to alter federal role in college oversight.
ABA is being pushed by some deans to stop regulating terms of employment as part of accreditation.
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