Federal Panel Shows Greater Tolerance of Letting Colleges Define Their Own Measures of Success

A chastened federal review panel on Tuesday opened its first round of assessments of college accrediting agencies since Congress beat back the panel's administration-inspired attempt to impose tougher requirements for student-learning measures.

At the opening of this week's two-day session, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings lectured the panel on the need to let colleges define their own measures of success. The panel promptly recommended renewed recognition for