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Fixing Accreditation, From the Inside

By Doug Lederman

The higher education establishment has heard it from all sides in recent years — from friend and foe, and from inside and outside of the walls of academe. The essential message: Fix the accreditation system that is the main gatekeeper for colleges to gain access to federal financial aid funds, or someone (read: government) will do it for you.

“The challenge for schools is to convince Congress … and the administration that the conversation [about rethinking the system of quality control] is ongoing and that there are results from that conversation,” a senior aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander told a higher education group three years ago, saying college leaders had a “five-year window” in which to work.

“The existing accreditation system has neither ensured quality nor ferreted out fraud,” Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and a frequent accreditation critic, wrote on Inside Higher Ed last year. “If Congress truly wants to protect the public interest, it needs to create a system that ensures real accountability.”

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/05/13/higher_ed_group_creates_panel_to_weigh_new_future_for_accreditation

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