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Accreditation on the Edge: How to Fix Higher Education Accreditation

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The higher education accreditation system is the gateway for access to over $150 billion in federal student aid. But with rising college costs and a growing share of the American public questioning the value proposition of the higher education system, many policy experts and higher education scholars are questioning whether a different model might be needed to ensure that federal funds are being used wisely. As the gatekeepers for Title IV eligibility, accreditors already wield immense power over institutions, but often they go further, interfering with institutional autonomy, and can even stifle innovation in the higher education sector.

A recent book entitled Accreditation on the Edge, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, examines these issues from a range of perspectives, discussing current problems and potential solutions. Among the contributors are Anne Neal, former President and Senior Fellow at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), and Armand Alacbay, Vice President for Trustee and Government Affairs.

Join ACTA September 18th as we host a conversation on Capitol Hill about the future of higher education accreditation and quality assurance.

Panelists will include:

  • Armand AlacbayVice President for Trustee and Government Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

  • Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Ph.D.President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, George Washington University

  • Mary Clare AmselemPolicy Analyst for Education Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

  • Amy LaitinenDirector of Higher Education Policy, New America Foundation

  • Barmak NassirianDirector of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Moderated by Shaun RieleyProgram Officer for Trustee and Government Relations, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2043

Time: 12:00-2:00 PM

Lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Shaun Rieley, ACTA’s Program Officer for Trustee and Government Outreach, at 202-888-2227 or srieley@goacta.org.