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The Accreditation Reform Act of 2020 Article
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The Accreditation Reform Act of 2020

A new proposal from the House Committee on Education and Labor strengthens guardrails across the higher education system and puts students and taxpayers over special interests.

Viviann Anguiano, Antoinette Flores

The Unwatched Watchdogs Report
The podium stands empty prior to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' arrival to deliver remarks to U.S. Department of Education staff on her first day as secretary in Washington, D.C., February 8, 2017. (Getty/AFP/Jim Watson)

The Unwatched Watchdogs

The Department of Education must strengthen its oversight over accrediting agencies to ensure that they are keeping low-quality educational providers from accessing federal financial aid.

Antoinette Flores

How the Trump Administration Is Undoing College Accreditation Report
An empty study space is seen in a university in Maryland, January 2015.

How the Trump Administration Is Undoing College Accreditation

Regulatory changes would weaken the ability of accreditors to serve as watchdogs over colleges and remove mechanisms to hold accreditors responsible for oversight.

Antoinette Flores

How College Accreditors Miss the Mark on Student Outcomes Report
College graduates attend their commencement ceremony in May 2017, Los Angeles, CA. (Getty/Jerritt Clark)

How College Accreditors Miss the Mark on Student Outcomes

The opportunity to ensure strong student outcomes in postsecondary education exists—accreditors just have to be willing to take it.

Antoinette Flores

A Second Status Update on ACICS Colleges Article
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A Second Status Update on ACICS Colleges

With a June deadline looming, most of the defunct accreditor's schools are on a path to gain approval elsewhere.

Ben Miller, Antoinette Flores

Improving Federal Accountability for Higher Education Report

Improving Federal Accountability for Higher Education

This report outlines seven proposed principles to improve U.S. Department of Education efforts to protect the $125 billion annual investment in federal financial aid.

Ben Miller

What’s Up With ACICS Colleges? Article
A sign rests on a facade at Lincoln Technical Institute, in Somerville, Massachusetts, June 2016. (AP/Steven Senne)

What’s Up With ACICS Colleges?

Months after the U.S. Department of Education terminated the accreditor’s tie to federal aid, here’s what’s happening to the 269 schools with ACICS accreditation.

Ben Miller

A Reply-All Email Error Reveals Problems in College Transparency Article
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A Reply-All Email Error Reveals Problems in College Transparency

An email error broke the news to students that their college is in financial trouble, but it didn’t have to be that way. College accreditors should be more transparent.

Antoinette Flores

Getting What We Pay for on Quality Assurance Report

Getting What We Pay for on Quality Assurance

It should be no surprise that access to federal higher education dollars for financial aid is not secure if accreditors have little to spend on gatekeeping.

Antoinette Flores

Watching the Watchdogs Report
Inconsistency in the sanctioning of poor-performing colleges across accrediting agencies undermines the college oversight system.

Watching the Watchdogs

Inconsistency in the sanctioning of poor-performing colleges across accrediting agencies undermines the college oversight system.

Antoinette Flores