Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Education Department and Accreditors Get to the Heart of Their Differences at Rule-Making Meeting
By BURTON BOLLAG
The face-off between the Education Department and accrediting organizations entered a sharper phase on Monday as the two sides began a new round of negotiations on changes the government wants to make in accreditation rules.
Unsurprisingly, the friction centered on two controversial areas in which the Bush administration wants to influence higher education by changing how the accreditors operate.
The first involves proposed changes that would require accreditors to establish standards on what students should learn and then measure the extent to which individual colleges meet those standards.