Accreditors Have to See Past 'Learning Outcomes'

American higher education is undergoing a period of enormous experimentation, which holds great promise for positive change. But the potential for inferior educational offerings is also ripe, from sham operators who offer "college courses" over the Internet to established institutions that have allowed quality to erode in the scramble to do more with less. In such an environment, the role of accreditation in ensuring that higher education institutions are accountable to the public is more