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Regulatory changes would weaken the ability of accreditors to serve as watchdogs over colleges and remove mechanisms to hold accreditors responsible for oversight.
Newly proposed legislation will help colleges identify ways to better serve students of all backgrounds.
The PROTECT Students Act would increase consumer protections for students and improve oversight of higher education.
In the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Congress should take action to improve the U.S. college accreditation system and ensure that all students are guaranteed a high-quality education that meets their needs.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ regulatory rollback would water down quality in higher education and create a recipe for fraud.
A collaborative effort between the Center for American Progress and Higher Learning Advocates, informed by discussions with a range of stakeholders, highlights the need for gatekeeping and continuous improvement in the oversight of federal funds for postsecondary education.
A pilot program from the Department of Education will partner the department with a private financial institution to provide a payment card to students, offering up students as customers while collecting data on their spending habits—data that the department could ultimately use to limit students’ eligibility for financial aid.
The Department of Education must provide data to explain why 99 percent of forgiveness applicants get denied.
Consumer protection has always been the main purpose of federal legislation regarding accreditation.
The opportunity to ensure strong student outcomes in postsecondary education exists—accreditors just have to be willing to take it.
Inconsistency in the sanctioning of poor-performing colleges across accrediting agencies undermines the college oversight system.
Low-income students rarely experience changes in their aid eligibility; a one-time FAFSA could guarantee aid and remove a barrier to completion.
A CAP study finds that students’ circumstances are stable enough to have them file the FAFSA just once, which could have a positive impact on students—particularly those who receive Pell Grants.
Although sexual assault remains a pervasive issue on college campuses, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning to undermine survivors through new, regressive changes to Title IX.