Accreditation and Student Learning

Accreditation and Student Learning
Jun 26, 2015
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.


April 24, 2015

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.

April 9, 2015

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.

March 31, 2015

The Obama administration’s proposed system could substitute federal officials’ judgment of institutional quality for peer review by academics, Judith Eaton argues.

March 6, 2015

Education Department brings in Southern New Hampshire president, a prominent voice on competency-based education, to pursue its goals on innovation.

January 6, 2015

Western Governors University steers rejected applicants to StraighterLine, an online course provider that acts as a low-risk way for students to prepare to earn a degree.

December 19, 2014

Colleges and universities need to get serious about assessing student learning -- but should stop the grim march of viewing it as a compliance requirement, writes Geoff Irvine.

December 17, 2014

There are plenty of ways faculty members and administrators can help improve the process, writes Linda Suskie in a new book.

November 11, 2014

An accrediting official who has been caught in the crucible between encouraging experimentation and protecting aid funds proposes a way for new institutions to get access to federal aid, without "subterfuge."

October 3, 2014

Audit critical of the Education Department's review process for alternative to the credit hour raises questions about direction of federal policy and could discourage some colleges.

August 25, 2014

Buying a new campus sends Burlington College deep into debt. Can it survive?


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