Conference Gives Hints of How Accreditation May Change

When U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin spoke to a room full of accreditors and accreditation advocates here on Wednesday morning, many were worried that the Iowa Democrat would repeat some of the harsh criticisms he has leveled at the accreditation system in recent years.

In several hearings of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which he leads, the senator has accused accreditors of being poor stewards of federal student aid, setting low standards for