Accreditation in the News: U.S. Department of Education EQUIP Program and Other Accreditation-Related News

April 17, 2018

Accreditation and Federal Policy 2018: An Invitational Summer Roundtable

June 20, 2018 • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill • Washington, DC

RoundtableAccreditation and Federal Policy 2018 is a one-day roundtable focusing on the latest policy developments, including legislation and federal regulations, affecting higher education accreditation.

The Invitational Roundtable is open to CHEA member institutions and CHEA-and U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting organizations. It is the only summer event that CHEA will be hosting

Click here for more information, including a registration form and link to the conference hotel for reservations.


Expanding Pathways to Success After High School U.S. Department of Education Approves First Innovative EQUIP Equipment (U.S. Department of Education News Release, April 13, 2018) “The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Brookhaven College, part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is the first to receive final approval to enroll students in the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation will provide quality assurance oversight of the DCCCD EQUIP experiment."

Opinion: Universities Are Overregulated, Overpriced, Intellectually Trapped (The Coloradoan, April 15, 2018) “I wish to shed light on something more threatening than even high tuition costs--the way the voluntary system of academic accreditation has been transformed into a conveyor belt for the implementation of seemingly endless directives dreamed up by bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Education."

A Troubled Accreditor's Long-Term Outlook (Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2018) “ACICS, a flashpoint for debate over accountability of the for-profit sector, has another chance at federal recognition. But some higher ed observers see tough odds for its long-term survival."

Western Governors University Appoints New VP to Teachers College (Elearning Inside News, April 10, 2018) “Bringing in an expert on accreditation with a successful track record working in higher education and for the accreditation boards, it seems likely that Dr. Eldridge’s appointment will not only be good news for the WGU Teachers College but also help the university make a strong case for the value of its existing programs and competency-based model."

Unique College Model Helps Students Find Their Way (Portland Tribune, April 10, 2018) “Getting accredited by Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission was the next hurdle. Though it was a lot of work, Wayfinding Academy founder and President Michelle Jones said the state was pretty supportive. Getting accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a nonprofit regional accreditation body, has been more difficult.”

Democrats Urge IRS to Scrutinize For-Profit College Conversions (Politico “Morning Education” [after opening link, scroll down to see item], April 10, 2018) “The federal panel that advises the Education Department on college accreditation agreed Friday to take up the issue of for-profit college conversions at its next meeting.”