Our imperfect system of quality assurance is what gives American higher education a degree of independence from the government interference we see elsewhere in the world, writes Alexander Astin.
Accreditation and Student Learning
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?
David Bergeron and Steven Klinsky explain how a new innovation-focused accreditor could ensure the quality of individual courses and drive down the cost of a degree.
Talk of a new accreditor for emerging course providers or even individual courses heats up, as experts describe how the idea might take shape.
Georgia Tech official describes Udacity partnership on Capitol Hill, provoking back-and-forth about whether accreditation encourages or deters innovation.
Northern Arizona University rolls out competency-based degrees, which will come with a new form of transcripts.
Accreditor shuts down Ivy Bridge College, raising questions about where to draw the line in online partnerships between colleges and technology companies.
Congressional panel hears from accreditors and their critics, and appears to sympathize with the latter.
Stanford pledges to pay for a master's in education for humanities Ph.D.s who want to become high school teachers.
Florida International University has embarked on an ambitious effort to internationalize the curriculum and assess students' global learning.
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