Reports from Accreditor-Convened Think Tank

March 26, 2019

The nation's largest regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, in 2017 created a task force of experts to weigh in on student success and related issues. The group released its first paper last year. This week it published a compendium of three related papers on accrediting practices it said can both assure quality and better serve today's students.

"Higher education is in the midst of a revolution: institutions, processes, providers, delivery and financing models, student demographics, and even societal and political perceptions of the value of higher education are, and have been, changing rapidly," the report said. "These changes impact not just institutions of higher education, but accreditation processes as well, and they require intense self-reflection, analysis and action."

The topics covered by the report include:

  • Student-focused accrediting agencies;
  • The role of accreditation in an era of "unbundling" and shared services in higher education; and
  • Clarifying the roles of the triad of federal and state bodies and accrediting agencies.

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