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When it comes to federal funding of higher education, the government's approach to quality assurance and consumer protection is a public policy and regulatory failure by almost any measure. Protecting Students and Taxpayers discusses the failure of the higher education accreditation system to perform its intended purpose of ensuring academic quality. Instead, burdensome administrative requirements, attention to antiquated input measures, and interference in institution governance have contributed to the skyrocketing cost of higher education, while ignoring student learning. Recognizing calls for higher education reform echoed by President Barack Obama and Senator Marco Rubio alike, the paper makes several key recommendations intended to increase student access and promote academic excellence.
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 as it takes up the reauthorization of the federal… Continue Reading >>
As Congress embarks on its mission to reauthorize the law that governs the flow of federal financial aid dollars, some education experts say the government has been ineffective in ensuring the quality of the nation's colleges and universities.… Continue Reading >>