Panel Considers Bolder Proposals for Reshaping Accreditation

The federal panel that advises the education secretary on accreditation issues is taking a second look at its 2012 recommendations for how the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act should deal with accreditation.

The question is whether the panel’s recommendations will matter in an environment where questions of higher-education quality have increasingly been taken over by politics.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional