Accreditation

Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit

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Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.

For-profit Ashford University loses accreditation bid

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WASC nixes Ashford University's accreditation bid, dealing blow to for-profit Bridgepoint Inc. and signaling that accreditors may take a more aggressive stance with for-profit sector.

Earning college credit for MOOCs through prior learning assessment

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Students can earn college credit by combining MOOCs and prior learning assessment -- two potential higher education "disruptions." And experts predict many students soon will.

ACE panel calls for sustaining but changing regional accreditation

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Higher ed group's panel calls for refining, not revamping, system of quality assurance, with emphasis on transparency and independence from the government.

Midway College's attempt at creating a pharmacy school shows dangers of assumed quick fix

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Midway College’s aborted effort to construct a pharmacy school shows that an assumed quick fix to finance problems might not be as easy as it seems.

Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly

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Prior learning assessment could be higher education's next big disruptive force, and ACE and CAEL are poised to catch that potential gold rush. But many remain skeptical about academic credit for work experience.

Is Romney Right about Full Sail University?

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Mitt Romney singled out the university while praising for-profits as cost-effective. Full Sail graduates 78 percent of its students, but is it really the better value Romney suggested?

Accreditor rejects Laureate's partnership with Thunderbird

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The Higher Learning Commission rejects Laureate Education's bid to add the Thunderbird School of Global Management to its network of institutions.

Meetings feature more substance about education technology

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Rhetoric about ed tech at SXSWedu and ACE meetings is more sober than soaring, as academics and experts talk about how to use emerging models.

A book explores how to make accreditation more effective

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The accreditation process needs to change, an expert writes in a new book, but accreditors are making more progress than their critics charge.

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