A paper released today by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni is critical of the federally-mandated accreditation system.
ACTA says the current system doesn’t ensure quality and gives parents a false sense of confidence.
ACTA calls on policymakers to:
Make accreditors prove their worth.
Break the link between federal student aid and accreditation.
Break the accreditor monopoly.
Ensure student achievement.
Tell the public what it deserves to know.
Stop the homogenization of higher education.
Create a consumer-friendly alternative.
Don’t replicate a failed model.
Reduce the cost of higher education.
What do you think? I’m certainly no expert in this area, and I’m sure there are good arguments on both sides of the issue.
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Susan Simpson, Education Writer