Accreditation

Arizona State U 'MOOCs for credit' program faces unanswered accreditation questions

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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.

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

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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.

Proposal to rename Technical College System of Georgia draws opposition

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Georgia wants to force its technical colleges to use "career" in their names. Some educators say that would hurt their quality and confuse them with for-profits.

Two-year colleges in Washington State expand competency-based project with business degree

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Eight Washington State community colleges will offer an online, competency-based business degree, as emerging form of higher education wins fans -- and some critics -- in the state.

Congressional watchdog questions whether accreditors’ sanctions correlate with student outcomes

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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. 

Guaranty agency buys most of crumbling for-profit Corinthian Colleges in U.S.

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Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.

One way to permit federal funding of new postsecondary institutions

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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."

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions

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Michigan, Purdue and the Wisconsin System give competency-based education a try, but carefully and with targeted new programs.

Federal regulators debate how to handle direct assessment programs

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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.

Education Department reviews its monitoring of large for-profits in wake of Corinthian collapse

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The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.

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