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An Analogy to Explain What’s Wrong with Accreditation

Posted on December 19th, 2011, by 1 Comment

The topic of accreditation makes even my eyes glaze over, and I was the lead author of a report on it. So here’s an analogy to help you see the big picture: Imagine there is a ravenous, greedy group of organizations. We’ll call them Wall Street. Now imagine that the government occasionally bails out Wall […]

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What Post-Tenure Review and Accreditation Have in Common

Posted on October 19th, 2011, by Leave a comment

An analysis of post-tenure reviews at the University of Texas system by Eric Dexheimer for the Austin American-Statesman showed that, apparently, these reviews don’t yield much in terms of capturing negative results: In recent years, only about 2 percent of tenured faculty members across the UT System’s academic campuses earned “unsatisfactory” evaluations in post-tenure reviews. The […]

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No Progress on Fixing Accreditation

Posted on May 13th, 2011, by 1 Comment

Doug Lederman brings us up to date on the latest in fixing accreditation. The main development so far is that a committee has been formed. Underwhelming as that is, it gets worse: Easy as it might be to be cynical, creating a committee — with a wide range of voices from a wide range of perspectives […]

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Reform Accreditation

Posted on March 10th, 2011, by Comments Off

Chapter 23: Reform Accreditation to Reduce Barriers to Entry Accreditation is an information device. Schools that are “accredited” meet at least minimal standards of quality. Unaccredited schools likely have weak academic standards, and some might even be diploma mills that simply give away degrees in return for a cash payment.  It is widely accepted that […]

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Accreditation and Government Are the Enemies of Innovation

Posted on March 4th, 2011, by 1 Comment

I have long criticized traditional higher education for being relatively non-innovative, largely because of subsidies and inadequate incentives not adequately facing  the “creative destruction” (Joseph Schumpeter’s term) or “disruptive innovation” (Clayton Christensen’s expression) characterizing dynamic competitive free market capitalism. For-profit higher-education entrepreneurs rightly bristle at the harassment they face from accreditors and government regulators. Five […]

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Accreditation Reform

Posted on February 8th, 2011, by 1 Comment

There has been a flurry of activity concerning accreditation reform, which is not exactly normal. As luck would have it, we recently released a study on the topic. One thing that didn’t make it into the study is a section I wrote on a proposed replacement system. I’ve copied it below for anyone who’s interested, […]

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Why So Much Secrecy With All Things Accreditation?

Posted on December 18th, 2009, by Leave a comment

Today’s papers bring a story that could only happen with accreditation. For those of you unfamiliar with accreditation, the federal government didn’t trust itself to regulate institutions of higher education, so it allows accrediting bodies to act as the gatekeepers to federal money. If a college wants its students to have access to federal financial […]

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Federal Accreditation is Not the Answer

Posted on November 19th, 2009, by Leave a comment

by Peter Neiger Few people with any knowledge on the subject would say that the current higher education accreditation system is flawless. It is a system filled with abuses, secrecy and is a lethargic process that rarely protects students from failing universities. This is the same problem that you will always find when a private […]

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Teaching Accreditation

Posted on September 4th, 2009, by Leave a comment

Sandra Stotsky has an absolutely fascinating analysis of the revisions proposed by NCATE: the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization that accredits most of the nation’s education schools, announced a revision of its accrediting guidelines. It’s the first major revision in ten years.  … After the Foundation for Individual Rights in […]

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Commandment #5: Fix the Accreditation Process

Posted on June 16th, 2009, by 2 Comments

Commandment #5: Reform accreditation, so it truly measures performance and does not impede competition, including that from emerging for profit institutions. best essay writing service When the regional associations that accredit the nation’s colleges and universities were founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their primary mission was to improve the quality of […]

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