February 5, 2016   

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

Headlines

Heritage University President Receives Henry Paley Memorial Award (February 2, 2016)
“John Bassett, President of Heritage University, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Henry Paley Memorial Award. Established by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in 1985, the award ‘recognizes an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education.’”

Obama Steps Up Pressure on College Accreditors (Wall Street Journal [subscription required], February 4, 2016)
“The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the gatekeepers of billions of dollars in federal aid to crack down on colleges and universities where students fare poorly.” (See additional coverage in Inside Higher Ed and The Huffington Post.)

College Is the New Cable Bundle. Do Students Deserve a “Netflix?” (The Washington Post, February 5, 2016)
“’How do we get more efficient and effective in education?’ [asks Western Governors President Bob Mendenhall. One place to start is how colleges and universities are accredited. Mendenhall thinks a shift from traditional methods of certifying these institutions is essential to the future of higher education.” 
What Happens When Businesses Start Accrediting America’s Colleges (Fortune, February 4, 2016)
“The Chamber [of Commerce’s] nonprofit affiliate issued a  report last week arguing that employers should establish their own “talent supplier recognition and certification system” – essentially an alternative to the traditional college and university accreditation system.”

Obama’s Controversial Higher-Ed Legacy (The Atlantic, February 3, 2016)
“Many college leaders criticize the administration’s lack of two-way communication on key policy issues.”

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