Outcomes Metrics and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

December 11, 2018


Tackling Employment Outcome Metrics (Politico “Morning Education” [after opening link, scroll down page to see item, December 11, 2018) "An ‘uncoordinated array of federal, state, and accrediting agency standards leads to inconsistently defined employment metrics across institutions and programs’ according to a new report out today by the Institute for College Access & Success. The report makes a series of recommendations, including that the federal government take the lead in standardizing the job placement rate definitions used by federal, state and accrediting agencies to evaluate programs.”

Forged in Charleston, American College of the Building Arts Hit a Milestone in 2018 (The Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], December 9, 2018) “The college hit a major milestone this September, earning national accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In addition to lending an air of legitimacy, accreditation opens up new opportunities for foundation-based donations and grant writing, enables student to apply for federal financial aid, and allows some students to make an easier transition to graduate programs at other colleges.”

Dream Center Faces Lawsuit over Art Institutes' Accreditation Claims (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 7, 2018) “Four Art Institute students in Chicago have filed a lawsuit against Dream Center Education Holdings, claiming the nonprofit committed fraud by failing to notify students it had lost institutional accreditation at four Art Institute campuses in January.”

Central European University Kicked Out Of Hungary, Says It Will Move To Vienna (National Public Radio, December 6, 2018) “This is a school that has both Hungarian and U.S. accreditation, and it was founded specifically to be a bridge between the West and the East.”

Fallout From For-Profit College Chain’s Closure Could Have Been Prevented (The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required], December 6, 2018) “Given the many warning signs, the Education Corporation of America, the accreditor of those colleges, and the U.S. Department of Education could have done much more to protect the students, said both Antoinette Flores of the Center for American Progress and Steve Gunderson of Career Education Colleges and Universities.”

Code Switch (Inside Higher Ed, November 28, 2018) “A coding boot camp and a liberal arts university share instructors and accreditation to create a new computer science degree, aimed at making graduates of both institutions more employable. The commission's decision is an exciting and important development for accreditation, said Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. '’This is the way in for alternative providers,' said Eaton. But she adds that partnering is a lot of work.