Wall Street Journal
June 29th, 2015
College accreditors are vigorously debating how they can more
aggressively examine low-performing schools amid increasing scrutiny
into whether colleges are providing enough value.
president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, said there
was an “increased level of urgency in the national dialogue about the
public’s confidence in accreditation,” in light of hard-hitting
questions posed at a Senate hearing last week and the publication of an investigation by The Wall Street Journal.
is a nongovernmental process set up by the nation’s colleges and
universities, but it is required for a school to receive a share of the
$130 billion in federal loans and grants that students receive each
The Journal’s report examined how accreditors rarely revoke membership of low-performing colleges, and give strong reviews to schools with graduation percentage rates in the teens and single digits.
say their assessments are aimed at helping schools improve, rather than
at weeding out schools with low graduation rates or high student-loan