College Accreditation in the Crosshairs

Policy Forum
April 16, 2014 10:00AM
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Andrew Kelly, Director, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute; Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Vance Fried, Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University, and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement, Western Governors University; and Jeff Martineau, Managing Partner, Higher Education Partners; moderated by Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed and Eric Kelderman, Staff Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Panel I: Are the Feds a Threat to Accreditors and Colleges?

Judith Eaton
President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Andrew Kelly, Director, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute

Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute

Moderator: Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
11:35 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel II: Quality Control and Nontraditional Higher Ed

Vance Fried, Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University, and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute

Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement, Western Governors University

Jeff Martineau, Managing Partner, Higher Education Partners

Moderator: Eric Kelderman, Staff Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education

American higher education is being swept by two potentially irresistible waves of change. The first is intense scrutiny of academia’s costs and benefits, driven by soaring prices, student debt, and the ensuing public anger. The second is the emergence of postsecondary models that threaten to replace traditional colleges and universities on a major scale. In this special forum, we’ll look at the threats to accreditors — and through them, schools — stemming from federal reactions to public unhappiness, and at ways to foster quality in the many postsecondary options coming our way.