Microcampuses and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

May 25, 2017

Going Big Into ‘Microcampuses’ (Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2017) “The microcampuses are pending approval by Arizona’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, as well as any needed local regulatory approvals. Arizona’s first two microcampus locations at Ocean University of China and at [American University of Phnom Penh already are approved by HLC as ‘additional locations.’”

Could Proposed Litigation Ban Put UNC’s Accreditation at Risk? (The News & Observer, May 23, 2017) “Some leaders from UNC and N.C. Central University’s law schools say barring the centers and clinics from engaging in legal action would effectively end those student training opportunities – leading to questions from the American Bar Association. Such a move could also invite scrutiny from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.”

Accreditors: Reconsider Role in Promoting Campus Innovation (Education Dive, May 22, 2017) “Richard Legon, the president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, writes in an op-ed for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that accreditors must not fall victim to feeling a ‘false choice’ must be made between ‘rigorous review and healthy innovation.’”

The ‘Borrower Defense’ Rule Takes Effect in July. Brace for It. (Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required], May 21, 2017) “Automatic triggers include settlements, debts, judgments, federal or state enforcement actions, asserted but not adjudicated claims in lawsuits, and certain accreditor actions.”