Education Department staff proposes termination for ACICS, threatening access to federal aid for the 243 institutions -- many of them for-profit -- the national accreditor oversees. Updated with reactions.
New book unveils faculty-led effort to chart concepts and competencies students should learn in six academic disciplines, with plan to create standardized tests. Will faculty members warm to this version of "learning outcomes"?
Critics blame accreditation for many of the (often conflicting) problems they see in higher education. But the agencies will likely endure, in large part because any replacement would give the feds much more power.
Brookings report rates several thousand two- and four-year colleges on graduates' economic outcomes, and by controlling for student traits, strives to measure the value the institutions themselves add.
A Congressional watchdog asserts that accrediting agencies have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions -- though report's own data are mixed on that question.