Education Department will open up federal aid to a limited number of partnerships between colleges and boot camps and MOOC providers, with a secondary goal of testing new forms of accreditation.
Accreditation and Student Learning
Education Department's Office of Inspector General criticizes a regional accreditor over its review of competency-based education programs, citing faculty role.
California community college system panel recommends the state's two-year colleges find a new accreditor, capping years of tension with its regional commission.
In wake of Rachel Dolezal scandal, a prominent professor in Native American studies who regularly says she is Native American is accused of misrepresenting her background.
Critics say proposed changes to accreditation standards for general education dilute the competencies that give U.S.-trained students a competitive edge. Accreditor, meanwhile, says new standards will lead to easier assessment of outcomes and more innovation in teaching.
Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.
Without explanation, accreditor of teacher training programs forces out its founding leader amid criticism from colleges and unions.
U of Maine System wants to end campus-by-campus accreditation. Would local needs and faculty voice be lost?
Arizona State U's accreditor has yet to review the institution's "MOOCs for credit" initiative. Experts are unsure what such a review might bring.
Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.