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Department Of Education Staff Moves To Dump For-Profit College Accreditor

David Halperin | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Without accreditation, schools cannot receive federal student grants and loans, and $4.76 billion in taxpayer dollars went from the Department of Education to ACICS schools last year. A Department official this morning suggested that was enough.

Departure of Head of College Accrediting Group Won't Fix the Problem

David Halperin | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
David Halperin

Gray's failed defenses of the troubled accreditor have made him an easy target for criticism, and based on ACICS's record, it appears he deserves such criticism.  But if indeed Gray leaves ACICS, his departure is unlikely to end the inquiry into whether the U.S. Department of Education should keep recognizing ACICS as a guarantor of educational quality.

Dedicating the Future to Children

Pioneers for Change | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Nikki Prendergast My whole adult life has been dedicated to children. From training as an early childhood teacher straight out of high school,...

Top 10 Issues & Trends Impacting Higher Education in 2016

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Dr. John Ebersole

In 2014, I wrote that the "currents of change have propelled the sector toward, or onto, one rock after another." Two years later, higher education continues to evolve.

The Accreditation Monopoly

MoneyTips | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education

MoneyTipsStudents and parents complain about the high cost of college. Education advocates complain about the lack of innovative higher education appr...

Recovering From Disaster: W. Franklin Evans, South Carolina State University, and a Vision for the Future

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

South Carolina State University has experienced considerable turmoil in recent months - leadership struggles, financial mismanagement, threats of accreditation loss, and a difficult relationship with the state of South Carolina, but more recently, the longstanding institution has had an increase in enrollment.

How Can Hispanics Get Ahead in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

If we are going to prepare our students for the global marketplace, we must address the challenges minority students face, find ways to keep them in high school, and then support their transition to higher education--whether traditional four year college or vocational training.

How Viable are Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

With increasing frequency, when people in my friendship circle discover that I am a retired HBCU chancellor, they want to know three things. First, since white colleges and universities no longer have racially restrictive admission policies, are HBCUs still necessary?

To Strengthen Higher Ed, We Must Look to Accreditation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

At the U.S. Senate prepares for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), accreditation stands as one of the most important tools available to strengthen postsecondary education. Accreditation ultimately sets the standard for all colleges and universities to achieve.

New Turkey, Old Rules

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 01.14.2015 | Media
Alparslan Akkuş

It is not a secret that the Turkish government suppresses the media, but the tools they invent to punish the free press are pushing boundaries.

Signing Off from One More Teacher Preparation Ranking

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

It has become increasingly clear that NCTQ ratings and rankings are but one more compliance activity, like accreditation, foisted on teacher preparation programs. The activity takes valuable faculty and staff time away from real work with real students.

A High-Stakes Moment: Accreditation, the Federal Government and Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Judith Eaton | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Judith Eaton

We have reached a point where federal involvement in judging quality is decisive about the academic functions of colleges and universities. Government is telling accreditors what counts as quality and directly managing accreditation's operation too. Will this reauthorization bring a ministry of education into our midst?

Musings on a Turnaround

Yolanda J. Gorman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Yolanda J. Gorman

There was an utter and systematic failure of leadership that had all but destroyed the structural integrity of the organization. The only things that kept the school from completely losing its accreditation were the academic programs. Somehow the faculty had continued to show up and bring their best to students in spite of the decline.

Bureacracy Ad NAuSeuM: Is the Unaccredited Life Worth Living?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

What's the payoff for the enormous amount of faculty time (and stress) invested in preparing the self-study document and submitting to a curriculum colonoscopy every decade? What's the "value added" for being accredited?

Ensuring Academic Quality in Higher Ed

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

Using accrediting commissions is still the best way to ensure quality in U.S. higher education, and we should rely on these commissions to audit and validate institutions' learning outcomes.

Chris Kirkham

College Accreditation Panel Recommends For-Profit University Probation | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

A team of accreditors reviewing the University of Phoenix has recommended that the school be placed on probation, the university's parent said Monday,...

Part Two: A Quaker Liberal Arts College Assesses Its President?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

This week, using six categories of investigation, The Guilfordian will assess the state of the college during Chabotar's 11-year term.

Looking for a Villain

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.22.2013 | San Francisco
Robert Shireman

Unfortunately, things aren't looking so good for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The college's accreditor, frustrated that the college had not been attentive to problems it had been pointing out for years, set a March 15 deadline for CCSF to make the needed changes.

Students Suing School Over Useless Psych Degrees

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.15.2012 | College

Parents often try to sway students away from "useless" (read: less-than-lucrative) majors. Students at the Los Angeles campus of the Chicago School of...

Letter Never Sent

The Cavalier Daily | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
The Cavalier Daily

Students know that turning an essay in late and with errors can cost them. The mistakes are magnified when they occur in a University's apologia to preserve accreditation. We hope SACS will grade kindly.

What's This Accreditation Stuff All About Anyway?

Keith Wade | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
Keith Wade

Little in higher education is more misunderstood or more important than accreditation. Opinions, misunderstandings, and lies abound.

What Did I Do Wrong? Why that A Paper Is a B-

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ruth Starkman

Universities and colleges have a highly contested, often esoteric set of grading systems and each professor has a singular, usually insular approach to assessment.