Monday, October 31, 2011

The Reaccrediting Process: Changes on the Horizon?

Those of us in the law school world are well aware of the criticisms of the accreditation system—some on the mark and some not. At the request of the Department of Education, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity was charged with proposing reforms. Its draft is now available, and its conclusions appear very tentative.

If we look for tentative proposals that may remain, we find a major  one: Reducing the role of  accrediting agencies in determining an institution’s eligibility for federal student aid and giving a monitoring  role to the federal government. The result may mean separating the accrediting function from the function of determining eligibility for federal aid. I have to wonder who would do  the monitoring and how political the determinations would be.

Here’s  the link to  an analysis at Inside Higher Ed.


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