Regional accreditors must respond to the rise of competency-based education or risk becoming less relevant, writes Paul LeBlanc.
Accreditation and Student Learning
Department heads discuss hardships facing the discipline and the way ahead during the American Historical Association's annual meeting.
Two veterans of traditional higher education talk about why they took on the challenge of leading for-profit Ashford University during a severe accreditation crisis.
A major regional accreditor raises questions about whether the Education Department's methods of evaluating such agencies are truly helpful.
The recent decision by the Western regional accreditor to make public all of its institutional reports is an important signal of greater transparency in higher education, write Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider.
Colleges fail to track adult student retention and graduation rates, survey finds. But one accreditor will now require those data. Will others follow suit?
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.
Higher ed group's panel calls for refining, not revamping, system of quality assurance, with emphasis on transparency and independence from the government.
Despite conventional wisdom, Western Governors U. did not earn approval to award federal aid by directly assessing how much students learned. It ties student outcomes to the credit hour (though not to seat time).
Largely unregulated for-profit vocational colleges, which can't receive federal student aid, collect 40 percent of military spouse tuition benefits.
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