Senate Democrats Question USDE Actions

February 21, 2019


A New Controversy Is Dogging DeVos’s Education Dept. Here’s What You Need to Know (The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required], February 20, 2019) "On Tuesday, congressional Democrats sent DeVos a letter demanding information about a controversy that has appeared in recent weeks. It involves accreditors, a watchdog agency, and lots of acronyms.”

Accreditation Body Approves of Hampshire College’s ‘Openness’ (Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 19, 2019) “Hampshire College’s disclosure of its financial challenges and need to seek a partner has been praised by the body that accredits small colleges in New England. The New England Commission on Higher Education issued a statement this week supporting how Hampshire is handling future changes.”

A Quality Guarantee for Today’s Students: Recommendations to Improve College Accreditation (Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 15, 2019) “Congress needs to take action to ensure that accreditors are helping all students receive a high-quality education that meets their needs. As policymakers begin working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, they have the opportunity to do just that.”

Education Department Backtracks on Accreditation (Inside Higher Ed, February 13, 2019) “The Trump administration backtracked this week on two proposals that would reshape the role of college accreditors.”