The Trouble with Accreditation

ACTA’s Andrew Gillen has written a sharp piece for Minding the Campus, reflecting on the recent decision by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges not to accredit Ashford University. Gillen points out the “emperor has no clothes” nature of higher-ed accreditation, which is overwhelmingly about going through the collegiate motions the right way, not about whether courses are taught well and the students are learning anything.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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