Last Day to Participate in Open Comment On CHANGES TO OUTCOMES STANDARDS

outcomes2The higher education regulatory climate is very charged at this time around accreditation, outcomes, transparency and accountability. Renewal of the Higher Education Act has fostered heated discussion of educational quality and the role of accreditors versus regulators in assuring it. On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced an agenda of transparency and outcomes for accrediting organizations (for more information on this announcement please see To that end, the Standards Committee was charged with the task of proposing standard(s) for the reporting of program completion/graduation rates and program placement rates.

The Standards Committee proposes the following changes to the Program Standards. See the changes here.

The Commission invites open comment from all stakeholders regarding the clarity of this language, the impact of the changes to these Standards, and the timeline to implementation of the final approved changes. The Open Comment survey can be accessed here and will remain open for feedback until January 4th, 2016.