U.S. to Put New Requirements on Accreditors

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Media Outlet: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Amy Laitinen, director for higher education at the nonpartisan think tank New America, said that the department had gone as far as it could in changing the accreditation system and that she was not hopeful for any significant changes from Congress. 

"Congress has shown a complete unwillingness to require anything meaningful of accreditors," Ms. Laitinen said in an email. "For all of Senator Alexander’s talk about accreditation reform, his voting record shows that he’s willing to put institutional and accreditor interests above those of students."

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Amy Laitinen is director for higher education with the Education Policy program at New America. She previously served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House.