Monday, October 31, 2011
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.