Senate Hearing Focuses On ‘Triad’ Responsible For Overseeing Colleges
Career College Central summary:
Last week, the U.S. Senate began its effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act with a relatively tame hearing on the regulatory "triad" that oversees colleges.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the Democratic chairman of the education committee, described the hearing as an opportunity to re-examine the three-legged system of states, the federal government, and accreditors, "and determine whether it is up to the task of overseeing higher education both today and tomorrow."
Harkin and other lawmakers steered clear of the attacks on accreditors that have characterized recent hearings, taking what he called a "pragmatic look at the current landscape of higher education" to "delineate what is strong and what is weak."
That task fell to the four witnesses, who described some of the problems with the current system and suggested several ways it could be improved.
To read comments from the witnesses and additional details, view the article on the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION