Inside Higher Ed on the Lumina Foundation’s grant to regional U.S. accreditor:
WSCUC will use its $745,000 grant to build on momentum and tools for results-driven accreditation, said Jamienne Studley, the commission’s president and a former Education Department official during the Obama administration. That may include enhanced measures of student success, a new set of triggers to decide when to devote extra attention to review institutions’ enrollment practices and strategies to better monitor financially fragile institutions.
What the accreditors plan today universities will be scrambling to implement tomorrow. Accreditors are the murky U.S. counterpart to the centralized, state-driven university sector of the rest of the world. And they are, ironically, far less accountable.