March 11, 2016   

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


Key White House Education Official Steps Down (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2016) “As Mr. Obama’s top higher-ed adviser, [James] Kvaal has played an important role in shaping one of the most ambitious presidential higher-ed agendas in years. He drove efforts to develop a college ratings plan (ultimately settling for a revamped College Scorecard), and he helped plan two College Opportunity summits, persuading dozens of colleges to commit to expanding college access.”

MPs Pass Plan For New Quality Assurance System (University World News, March 4, 2016) “The Swedish parliament has backed the proposal of the education committee for a new model for quality assurance of higher education, to be implemented this autumn.”

Adams State’s President Says Her University Is Accreditor’s “Whipping Boy” (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2016) “The president of Adams State University lashed out this week at the institution’s accrediting agency after the agency’s recent decision to put the university on probation.”

Corinthian Accreditor Angles To Keep Recognition (Politico “Morning Education,” March 7, 2016) “A national for-profit college accreditor that’s been raked over the coals for its handling of Corinthian Colleges will make its case this morning for continued recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.”

New or Improved? (Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2016) “There are no easy answers for California's two-year college system as it faces an unprecedented decision to move to a new accreditor, while also debating how to change the current one.”

For-Profit Grand Canyon Education Is No Longer Seeking Nonprofit Status (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2016) “Grand Canyon, which was a nonprofit institution for most of its history before becoming a for-profit in 2004, said in 2014 it was seeking to change back in an effort to shed the stigma associated with for-profit operations, according to a statement released on Friday. But the accreditor’s Board of Trustees voted no.”

Plan to Rate Teaching Excellence Faces Data Challenges (University World News, February 25, 2016) “The government should heed the lessons from ratings in other education and care markets in developing its plans for rewarding teaching excellence, in addition to research excellence, according to a new paper by the Higher Education Policy Institute.”

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