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Media Advisory: ACTA President to Testify Before Congress on Accreditation

June 11, 2013

Washington, DC—Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, will testify before the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, part of the Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday.

Neal is participating in “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality through Accreditation,” which will examine the effectiveness of federal accreditation of colleges and universities.

“Accreditation is an outdated system which neither protects the federal dollar nor ensures academic quality,” Neal said. “The problem lies in the dual and conflicting nature of accreditation where accreditors want to be gatekeepers of federal dollars as well as collegial self-improvement experts.   The two roles do not mesh. We must break the accreditors’ gatekeeping role and replace it with a simpler and more transparent system of quality assurance that will ensure baseline financial protection and provide key data on student learning.”

Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, Elizabeth Sibolski, President of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and Michale McComis, executive director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges will also testify.

Neal also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the secretary of education on accreditation-related matters.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will also be live-streamed here.



Washington, DC—Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, will testify before the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, part of the Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday.

Neal is participating in “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality through Accreditation,” which will examine the effectiveness of federal accreditation of colleges and universities.

“Accreditation is an outdated system which neither protects the federal dollar nor ensures academic quality,” Neal said. “The problem lies in the dual and conflicting nature of accreditation where accreditors want to be gatekeepers of federal dollars as well as collegial self-improvement experts.   The two roles do not mesh. We must break the accreditors’ gatekeeping role and replace it with a simpler and more transparent system of quality assurance that will ensure baseline financial protection and provide key data on student learning.”

Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, Elizabeth Sibolski, President of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and Michale McComis, executive director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges will also testify.

Neal also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the secretary of education on accreditation-related matters.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will also be live-streamed here.

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