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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Posted on March 10th, 2011, by CCAP StaffComments 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On June 25th Dr. Richard Vedder participated on a panel discussion on federal financial assistance programs hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. Here he claims that these federal programs have had the unintended consequence of raising college costs and lowering accessibility.
As a part of "Uncomfortable Learning" Richard Vedder gives a lecture to students at Williams College about the War on Work.
Panel 1 of the conference co-hosted by CCAP and the Cato Institute on higher education reform and faculty productivity. For more, visit the Cato website.