MAJOR ACCREDITATION CHALLENGES OF H.R. 4508
• Public accountability as the dominant role of accreditation –
in contrast to the historic dominance of quality improvement as the major role. Primary emphasis is on student achievement, institutional performance and transparency
• Increased emphasis on innovation as encouraged for accrediting organizations, including creation of other forms of quality review –
with commensurate regulatory relief and flexibility, although within federal requirements.
• Accreditation standards, policies and practices needing overhaul, forcing change and rethinking that will reverberate throughout accreditation and higher education
• Congressional authority and oversight of accreditation strengthened in relation to the current role of the U.S. Department of Education – altering, perhaps in fundamental ways, the relationship between accrediting organizations and the federal government in the development of federal policy.
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