Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: New Proposal Seeks to Review College Quality

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: New Proposal Seeks to Review College Quality

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Washington UPDATE: New Proposal Seeks To Review College Quality.

The U.S. Education Department is embarking on another plan to assess the quality of colleges and universities that could lead to a multi-tiered system of those schools earning an average or outstanding rating.

Those that receive an outstanding rating could gain relief from many federal regulations. Those judged as substandard would, presumably, receive more detailed reviews from the department. ED described plans for the system in a Federal Register notice last month.

Colleges and universities could earn the "outstanding" designation if they have low student default rates, a history of successful participation in student financial aid programs and sound internal accounting and management practices, according to the department.

Those that get an average rating or below, however, could face additional regulatory burdens, the plan states. These could include more intense program reviews from ED, possible termination from some student aid programs and "provisional certification" of eligibility for student aid programs, subject to future reviews. …

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