The Department of Education (ED) today released a
package of measures it says are designed to enhance higher education
accreditation, part of the administration’s push to make accreditors
focus more heavily on student outcomes when evaluating colleges and
universities. As you know, accrediting agencies must meet certain
federal criteria in order for the institutions they accredit to be
eligible to receive federal student aid. ED is responsible for
periodically deciding whether accreditors are meeting those criteria.