January 19, 2016   

Accreditation in the News compiles news, articles and reports covering accreditation and quality assurance issues in the United States and internationally.

last call! 2016 CHEA Annual Conference and CIQG Annual Meeting

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from and exchange ideas and information with some of the key voices in higher education and accreditation. Sessions will address reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, accountability and accreditation, competency-based education, accreditation’s role in protecting students, innovative providers and their impact on quality assurance, the CHEA/CIQG International Quality Principles and more. View the preliminary programs for the CHEA Annual Conference and CIQG Annual Meeting, then register today!



Accreditors Seek to Challenge Consumer Bureau’s Power (Inside Higher Ed, January 19, 2016)
“Five national accrediting agencies and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which advocates for accreditation on behalf of colleges and universities, last week asked the federal judge in the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] case for permission to file a friend of the court brief.”

What Can Jeb’s Plan Do For Higher Education? (Brookings, January 18, 2016)
“[Jeb Bush’s] plan also creates opportunity for innovative business models in higher education through a reform of the rules for institutional access to federal aid. Here the plan is thin on the details, but it endorses a new pathway to eligibility based on performance outcomes rather that the traditional model of accreditation.”

Federal Government Oversteps Into Higher Education Accreditation (The Hill, January 15, 2016)
“The [U.S. Department of Education] continues to press for increased transparency in the accreditation process – the review that ensures increasing quality and effectiveness of academic programs – and more attention to student outcomes.”

One Problem Leads to Another? (Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2016)
“City College of San Francisco for years has been facing an accreditation crisis linked to its finances, and the accreditation woes may have contributed to a new fiscal management problem.”

No Visa, No Money? Get a US Degree Without Paying Much (NDTV, January 14, 2016)
“The [University of the People] was accredited by the Distance and Education Training Council (now known as Distance Education Accrediting Commission) in 2014.”  

Rohit Chopra, a Former Student-Loan Watchdog, Joins Education Dept. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2016)
“The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it had hired a former top official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rohit Chopra, to help it beef up services for student-loan borrowers, including those in the military.”

Republicans Talk Poverty – For a Day (BBC News, January 12, 2016)
“[Marco Rubio] also called for changes in how colleges receive government accreditation, which would allow the certification of more higher education institutions, including those that grant college degrees based on accumulated life experience. ‘We are a country that has a retirement system designed in the '30s, a higher education system designed in the '50s, poverty programmes designed in the '60s, energy policies from the '70s, and nothing looks like it did five years ago,’ Mr Rubio said.”

Higher Education’s Top Ten “Influencers” of 2015 (Forbes, January 10, 2016)
“The impact of each of the following extends beyond a single campus or system and encompasses all of American higher education broadly.” (Note: Five of the ten individuals cited are on the program at the CHEA 2016 Annual Conference.)


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