Dear Congress: Save Accreditation

May 16, 2011

The President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Judith Eaton, has sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D, Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to voice concern about Congressional attention to the accreditation process.  She worries,

A single message is emerging from the Congress in these inquiries: based on examining a small number of institutions and actions by accrediting organizations, members of Congress appear to have determined that the entire accreditation enterprise is failing to do its job.

And she asks,

How did we move so quickly from identification of a modest number of concerns to a wholesale condemnation of the accreditation enterprise?

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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