Accreditation

New Blueprint for Architecture

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Undergraduate programs are being revised to embrace more liberal arts courses and – in some instances -- to ease students’ workloads.

Assessment vs. Action

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Vast majority of colleges have systems in place to measure what undergraduates learn, survey finds. But using that information? That’s another story.

College Accountability, From the Left

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Center for American Progress, which has Obama's ear, proposes data-driven consumer protection office to safeguard students' interest in higher education.

Defining Accountability

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Policy makers urged to focus on incentives their rules create for colleges.

Scrutiny for an Accreditor

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Unhappy with regional agency's judgment in one university's case, inspector general urges Education Department to consider revoking its recognition.

Making Teaching a Profession

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Accreditor of education colleges could look toward medicine, nursing to find a new model for teaching.

Assessment Disconnect

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Annual gatherings of student learning experts and accrediting officials reveal lots of assessment activity on campuses. But policy makers ponder whether it adds up to meaningful national progress.

Law Partners

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Public colleges talk of merging with private law schools, arguing that state support won't be necessary.

Unwelcome 'Help' from the Feds

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WASHINGTON -- These have not been times of peace, love and understanding between the federal government and higher education accreditors. For several years now, spanning two presidential administrations, the agencies charged with assuring that colleges meet an acceptable level of quality have felt buffeted by shifting, escalating and, in their view, sometimes inappropriate demands from federal policy makers.

When Imitation Isn't Flattery

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Officials at the Distance Education and Training Council, a Washington-based accrediting body, woke up Monday morning to find that the agency had acquired an unwelcome twin overseas.

The body was tipped off to the existence of a Web site for an organization with the same name, with a British Web domain and a Cyprus address, that claims to be “the leading global membership organization for the open and distance education community.”

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