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.”

Seeking Better Data on Teacher Prep

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WASHINGTON – Associations, accreditors and scholars have issued report after report proposing ways to improve teacher preparation, but a high-profile federal study released Thursday urges the U.S.

Entangling Alliance

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To a cash-strapped public university, the promise of hundreds of new international applicants each year, paying full out-of-state tuition and spreading the institution’s name around the world, might be too good to pass up.

Middle States Divided

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Accrediting agencies are facing significant outside pressure over their independence and performance, raising questions in some quarters about the viability of education's system of institutional peer review. But one of the country's six regional accreditors of colleges is facing a threat from within, in the form of a nasty internal battle with its parent organization.


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