March 28, 2016   

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


The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2016 Summer Workshop will be held July 21-22 in Washington, DC. The workshop will open with an early evening reception on Thursday, July 21 and feature a program running through the day on Friday, July 22. Look for more information on the Workshop – including registration and hotel reservation forms – in the next few days, and start making your plans now to be with us in Washington. Yes, it’s July!


“Beijing Statement” Lays Out Principles for UK-China TNE [Transnational Education] Collaboration (The Pie News, March 21, 2016) “Leading international education organisations in the UK and China have developed a statement of principles with the aim of shaping collaboration and quality assurance in transnational education between the two countries.”

New Quality Assurance System Questioned (Times Higher Education, March 22, 2016) “Revised proposals for quality assurance in English higher education represent an attempt by the country’s funding council to ‘take control’ of monitoring standards and may fail to lighten the burden on institutions, according to sector leaders.”

$31 Million Court Win for a For-Profit College (Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2016) “Federal judge backs finding that an accreditor misled the Education Department about a now-closed for-profit institution, and relieves most of the college's debt.”

Corinthian Colleges Must Pay Nearly $1.2 Billion for False Advertising and Lending Practices (Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2016) “Granting a default judgment, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow found that Corinthian Colleges provided untrue or misleading statements about graduates’ job placement rates, duping both students and investors, and that the Santa Ana-based company unlawfully used U.S. military seals in advertisements, among other claims.”

Why Accreditation Reform May Benefit Hispanic and Black Students Most (GoodCall, March 23, 2016) “While policymakers hope these [accreditation] reforms will benefit college students overall, the push to emphasize quality may have a more profound impact on minority groups, particularly blacks and Hispanics.”

Power Struggle on Online Oversight (Inside Higher Ed, March 21, 2016) “SARA, short for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, was designed to ease the regulatory burden on colleges that wish to offer online programs in states other than the one in which they are physically located. Before SARA, colleges had to apply in each individual state, a lengthy process that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and even discourage some institutions from enrolling students in certain states.” (See also NC-SARA’s letter responding to a New York Times article on this issue.)

California’s 2-Year Colleges Explore a New Accreditation Model (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2016) “The Board of Governors for the state's community-college system plans to consider a resolution on Monday that would establish a planning committee of campus leaders to explore ‘alternative structures for a regional accreditor, which will take many years to develop,’ according to a summary of the resolution.”

Consortium To Show How to Scale Up HE for Refugees (University World News, March 16, 2016) “A consortium of universities and university partnerships is being formed to spread the provision of good quality, accredited, online higher education to refugees gathered together in learning hubs in camps and towns and supported by online and visiting tutors – at a fraction of the cost of scholarships.”

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