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Online Programs Face New Demands From Accreditors

By Eric Kelderman

In some circles, online education has a bad reputation. Accusations that some for-profit companies prey on unsuspecting students to rake in federal financial aid have led to image problems for the sector. Critics see online education, offered in particular by for-profit colleges, as the dark underbelly of higher education, with the quality of Internet courses second to the greed of unscrupulous investors.

And now the critics are counting on accreditors to clean up the problems.

The U.S. Education Department has issued new regulations to keep distance educators in check, and has pressured the groups that accredit colleges and universities to keep a tighter rein on those that offer online courses. Members of Congress blame accreditors for lax oversight of online programs that have engaged in alleged fraud and deception.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Online-Programs-Face-New/129608

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