Accreditation: The Past, The Policies, and The Politics
Accreditation of institutions of higher learning was established in the late 19th century to ensure educational quality and safeguard public interests. While maintaining the core of its original mission, educational quality and protection, the mission of accreditation has evolved to include a distinct connection between accreditation and federal financial aid. The presenter will provide a brief historical overview of accreditation in the United States, the roles of institutional and programmatic accreditors, and the involvement of the federal government such as the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, even though the U.S. Constitution stipulates that all levels of education is primarily a State and local responsibility. In addition, the presenter will explore recent politics related to accreditation and accreditors.