USDE Flexible on Accreditation Proposed Regulations

February 5, 2019


CHEA 2019 Annual Conference: Ed. Dept. “Not Wedded” To Its Proposed Accreditation Rules (Education Dive, January 30, 2019) "The Education Department is ‘not wedded’ to the language it issued in proposed regulations being debated in an ongoing negotiated rulemaking process, Diane Auer Jones, the department’s principal deputy under secretary, told an audience of accreditation professionals in Washington.”

CHEA International Quality Group Meeting Addresses Quality, Public Trust (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 31, 2019) “Concerns about how to shore up flagging trust in higher education and ensure quality in the academy drew attendees from around the world this week to the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s International Quality Group (CIQG).”

Trying Anew to Jump-Start Overhaul of Higher Ed Law (Inside Higher Ed, February 5, 2019) “Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee, identifies familiar set of priorities in reiterating his desire to overhaul the Higher Education Act before he retires. But serious differences with Democratic lawmakers loom.”

College’s Accreditation Really Matters (Santa Ynez Valley News, February 3, 2019) “Few students and parents, if any, give much thought to institutional accreditation when choosing a college or university. The term 'accreditation' may even make your eyes glaze over, but the reality is that it’s an incredibly important concept.”

As Bennett College Faces Loss of Accreditation, High Point U. Steps In With $1-Million Donation (The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required], February 1, 2019) “Bennett, one of two remaining women-only historically black colleges and universities, announced in December that its accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges, would rescind its accreditation, citing financial instability, after having placed it on a two-year probation.”

Betsy DeVos Is Right, the U.S. Should Rethink Higher Ed–Just Not the Way She Wants To (Pacific Standard, January 31, 2019) “Upending the college accreditation process carries huge risks.”