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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