Accreditation

Accreditors as Federal 'Gatekeepers'

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Accreditation is often defined as the "voluntary" system of peer review by which higher education regulates itself. But there’s really nothing voluntary about it, some critics argue, given that colleges and universities must be accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Education Department for their students to qualify for federal financial aid. In essence, if you want your students to receive federal student aid – and virtually all institutions do, and many would not survive without it -- you must be accredited.

New College of California Is on Deathbed

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Nontraditional institution appears to have run out of time and money -- and many there are preparing for the end.

A Little Help From Its Friends?

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18 months after finishing their work, individual members of the Spellings Commission may urge Congress to abandon plan to limit Education Department regulation of accreditation.

'Collective Sidestep' on Adjuncts

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Accreditors have many detailed rules that they expect colleges to meet -- requirements that relate to courses, faculties, facilities, money and more. But what about the use of adjunct faculty members -- an issue that is the subject of increasing debate in higher education? What have the accreditors said or done?

'Last Bite at the Apple' on Accreditation?

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A year after Education Secretary Margaret Spellings abandoned plans to propose new federal rules governing higher education accreditation, under heavy pressure from members of Congress, the Education Department is reportedly contemplating issuing such regulations when legislation to renew the Higher Education Act becomes law. That possibility is being met with astonishment by college leaders and many on Capitol Hill, who describe it as both practically difficult and politically foolhardy.

Getting Past the Gatekeeper

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A college official charged with making sure faculty degrees are legitimate finds himself doubting the legitimacy of his own doctorate.

Diversity Meets Data at George Mason Law

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Statistics reveal a vastly greater academic failure rate among African-American versus other students, raising questions about ABA diversity standards and the effectiveness of outreach programs.

Southern Accreditor Places 4 Colleges on Probation

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Dillard, Louisburg, South Florida and Sherman College of Chiropractic sanctioned; Florida A&M and Criswell leave the list of punished colleges.

Foreseeing the Future of Accreditation

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With U.S. push for reporting of comparable learning outcomes stalled, is doomsday scenario of federal control still a legitimate threat?

Twisting in the Wind

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When a professor is sued for her scholarly writing, should a university defend her?

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