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November 30, 2017

Accreditation in the News compiles news, articles and reports covering accreditation and quality assurance issues in the United States and internationally.


GOP Begins Rewrite of Federal Aid Law (Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2017) “House education committee leaks its ambitious first draft of a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, with broad changes aimed at both deregulation and more accountability in how federal student aid is distributed and used.” (See also House GOP to Propose Sweeping Changes to Higher EducationWall Street Journal [Subscription required], November 29, 2017)

A New and Improved Education Law (U.S. News & World Report, November 28, 2017) “The next Higher Education Act should create a process for certifying the quality of existing institutions and newcomers alike, and recalibrate the accreditation process to measure student outcomes, instead of institutional inputs.”

University of North Carolina Faculty Tries to Hide Behind Accreditation (National Review, November 20, 2017) The [UNC] faculty is imploring the regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to step in and tell the UNC Board of Governors that it cannot make the changes it wants (such as preventing the law school’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in ideological litigation) without violating SACS’s standards.”

Newly announced sessions at the CHEA 2018 Annual Conference – January 29 (early evening reception) to midday, January 31 – and the CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting – January 31 (late afternoon session) through February 1 – include:

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  • The State of Congressional Action on Accreditation
  • The New Administration: Is Deregulation of Accreditation a Reality?
  • Institutions and Accreditation: What Hurts? What Helps?
  • The Impact of Brexit on Higher Education and Quality Assurance Internationally
  • The Current Interaction Between Politics, Social Justice and Quality

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