As any one close to higher ed knows, regional accreditors have been pressing for secular ideological conformity for years, especially when dealing with national accreditors (like NSA’s accreditor, TRACS: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools). While busy celebrating their success in shoving “diversity” and politically correctness down institutions’ throats, they have largely ignored their own academic weaknesses and low institutional standards. Now critics inside higher ed and the federal government’s ed agencies are finally calling them to task–kinda.

The new ACE report stops short of making substantive demands for change, but it puts the regionals on notice:  shape up or face direct government intervention. My fear, based on other related actions by the Obama administration, is that such intervention will be a ruse to nationalize higher ed, not just fix corrupt, statist elements within higher ed. We shall see.

According to Inside Higher Ed,

“While the report doesn’t challenge the basic setup of regional accreditation, it suggests that the accreditors move more quickly to take action against failing institutions, release more information to the public, and find ways to allow institutions with a long track record of good performance to avoid the time-consuming process of full reviews.”

“Those recommendations are likely to seem tepid or unspecific to those who think the accreditation system is broken or failing. And panel members acknowledge that the report mainly lays a philosophical foundation, rather than recommending fundamental changes that they say would be impractical or unlikely now. But given the diverse views of the panel’s members, its leaders say, this was an important beginning.”