"Accreditation is where the federal government’s need for oversight and accountability meets each campus’ need to pursue their educational mission. Given the wide range of higher education institutions, this is a fine and critically important line.
There is no question that accreditors are being called upon to watch institutions—especially low-performing schools—more carefully and the Department of Education’s action comes in response to that imperative.
Details matter, of course, and the importance of maintaining the rich diversity and individual missions of colleges and universities cannot be overstated. But these are important and worthwhile steps, and we support the closer working relationship this package would encourage between the Department of Education and accreditors. We welcome continued discussion with the Department of Education about this plan."