Accreditation: Will We Love It or Leave It or Reform it?

Four different perspectives on the strengths and challenges facing accreditation as our primary quality assurance process for higher education and the reforms that may be in the future.

Individual Questions:
Compliance vs. quality improvement, where should the emphasis lie? (10:14)
Accreditation Reforms: What should be considered by Congress in the next Higher Education Act reauthorization? (10:18)
Are criticisms of accreditation: that it is a barrier to innovation and lacks transparency, justified? (6:26)
Transparency of standards, process, outcomes and terminology. (7:43)
Ratings and Rankings: Can they co-exist with accreditation? (9:40)
Comparative institutional data: Does it inevitably lead to bright line benchmarks? (2:43)
What is in the future? Quality assurance for non-institutional providers? Different regulations for programmatic accreditors?
Risk-based accreditation? An end to the “federal war on for-profits?” (23:10)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

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