Op-ed piece written by President John Ebersole for eCampus News.
Accreditation agencies are neither pawns nor anti-progress. But the process could use some clarification.
Higher education’s accreditation community, in particular the six regional accreditors that serve as gatekeepers to Title IV financial aid, has been a summer target for criticism by Congress, the Obama administration, and various special interest groups.
On one side, accreditors are portrayed as pawns of their respective “clubs” (made up of the institutions they accredit), quick to serve the interests of members, but slow to admit new ones, or to punish any “bad actors” in their midst. On the other side are those institutions, typically for-profit organizations, seeking easier access to federal funds for customers of their various products, who say that accreditors are “too tough” in granting accredited status. In the view of these critics, accreditor caution and sense of stewardship around tax dollars is positioned as a barrier to creativity and innovation, if not the doing of entrenched Luddites.
Read President Ebersole’s full piece on eCampus News.
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