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Breaking the Federal Monopoly on Higher Ed Accreditation
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  • Andrew Allison

    Accreditation is just one more of the obvious State’s Rights usurped by the Federal government. There’s a risk of variability in accreditation standards, but should individual States fail to uphold accreditation standards, the market will quickly figure it out and discount the the value of credentials from them accordingly. And of course it’s the course, not the institution which should be accredited. How many of the courses offered by accredited institutions could pass that test? Expect the resistance to be vehement.

  • Jagneel

    OK. Walmart shoppers. Now you can earn college credits while you shop.

  • Corlyss

    I don’t know what makes De Santis thinks Uncle Sugar would disband its accreditation system just because a law sets up another system. As long as Uncle controls the money for financial aid, it is NOT going to let the funds go to organizations accredited by Joe’s Diner & College Accreditation, Inc. Students are the most easily led down the certification path by unscrupulous certificate mills that were the scandal of the late ’90s.

  • Thirdsyphon

    I’m all for expanding student choice, but it seems like we already have far too many fly-by-night, low quality institutions whose primary (and often only) tangible accomplishment is to turn a profit for their shareholders. Firing the starting gun on a new “race to the bottom” for accrediting authorities would only make this situation worse.

    I know. . . caveat emptor and all that, but when the “emptor” in question is a 17-18 year old who’s paying for college using nondischargeable debt, I get a bit queasy.

    • rheddles

      Maybe the solution is to stop lending nondischargable money to 17-18 year olds instead of regulating the educational institutions.

      • Thirdsyphon

        I like the way you think, but your solution entails either cutting off the river of Federal money that’s now going to schools or else changing the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to make it more lenient. Given the funding and influence of the banking and education lobbies, you’d have better luck trying to move a bill outlawing water.

        • rheddles

          Just remember the important folks also getting screwed here are the REALTORS(tm) and builders. Because who can afford to buy a house when you already have a mortgage?

          • Thirdsyphon

            Another good point! And unlike students, they have a heavyweight lobby.

  • teapartydoc

    No monopolies!!
    And you can’t have a monopoly without government enforcement.
    The notion that somehow things get better when run by the government is the biggest lie anyone can tell themselves.
    Are college graduates better educated and smarter than they were before accreditation became monopolized?

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