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Accreditation & Accountability

The following letter is about the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a voluntary web-based tool that allows institutions to show the progress and graduation of significantly more students than the federal graduation rate.
Letter regarding an appropriate balance between government's need for accountability for federal expenditures and colleges and universities to retain responsibility and control over their academic missions.
Comments on accreditation which performs a critical role in U.S. higher education.
The following letter is about the authority of U.S. Department of Education to recognize accreditors that apply different approaches to accreditation review based on characteristics of the institution under review.
The following comments are about the draft January 2015 NACIQI report that makes policy recommendations on accreditation reform in the context of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
The following letter is about the release of more specific information about the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) since President Obama announced the proposal in August 2013.
The following comments are in response to Department of Education’s draft ratings framework, entitled “A New System of College Ratings —Invitation to Comment.”

Demonstrating how higher education institutions are accountable is essential to the public trust and to showing the value of taxpayers’ investments in student financial aid.