Monday, June 29, 2015

College Accreditors Weigh Aggressive Steps

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.
Judith Eaton, 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.
Accreditation 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 year.
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.
Accreditors say their assessments are aimed at helping schools improve, rather than at weeding out schools with low graduation rates or high student-loan default rates.

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