Today, virtually all colleges and universities in the United States are accredited (sometimes by more than one accrediting body). Yet there is widespread—and justifiable—concern that college quality has been on a steady decline. And while accreditation may have been well-intended, it is no exaggeration to say that it is now the greatest barrier to innovation in higher education and a major driver of skyrocketing costs—not to mention a threat to the role of the college trustee. This guide provides some fast facts on this system that serves as a gatekeeper for $175 billion in student financial aid, and outlines actions trustees can take to exercise their fiduciary rights in the accreditation process.
A new report from a former president of the University of Colorado has set the stage for a vigorous debate on the future of higher-education accreditation. That topic could be a central focus of Congress… Continue Reading >>
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