Breaking News: U.S. Department of Education Recommends Revocation of Accredito's Recognition
A Recommendation That Could Sink the Nation's Largest College Accreditor (Washington Post, June 15, 2016) "The Education Department recommended Wednesday that the largest national accreditation agency lose the power to act as the gatekeeper between colleges and billions of dollars in federal financial aid, a step that could signal the end of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools." (See also Huffington Post article and U.S. Department of Education’s staff report and Home Room blog post.)
Accreditor, and Accreditation, on Trial (Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016) "The ACICS narrative fits into the broader set of efforts with the [Education Department] and its transparency agenda," said Judith S. Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. "The department has very much taken on a framing role about what accreditors ought to be doing. It is very clear it is looking at what it considers to be accreditor effectiveness. For all of us, the department, the accreditors, CHEA, the terms and conditions for what counts as effective accreditation are changing."
College Accreditors Gets An F (Forbes, June 15, 2016) “According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO)report, accreditors revoked the accreditation of just 0.8% of schools from 2009 to 2014." "Clearly, accreditors have plenty of reason to crack down, but are not doing so."