Quality in Education

The Center for American Progress is working to ensure that students who enroll in postsecondary education receive a quality education. As part of that process, its work examines the role of accrediting agencies, institutions, states, the U.S. Department of Education, and others in improving student outcomes.


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The Accreditation Reform Act of 2020 Article
College graduates in Long Beach, California, wait their turn to walk the stage, May 2019. (Getty/Brittany Murray)

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

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