Barbara Brittingham, President of NEASC, testifies before Senate education panel on innovation in hi

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

NEASC president urges more flexibility in evaluating distance education, clarification on how the faculty role is defined in statute to enable new approaches to competency-based education to take hold, and support for greater experimentation in quality assurance.

Washington, DC—January 24, 2018—The nation’s regional accreditors play an important role in encouraging innovation in higher education. In recent years, the nation’s regional accreditors have embraced distance education, competency-based education, and dual-enrollment programs for high school students that further open higher education to new populations. Now, through EQUIP, accreditors are expanding to boot camps and a wider range of third-party providers.

Today, Barbara Brittingham, past chair of the Council of Regional accrediting Commissions (CRAC), testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, addressing key issues the Senate will need to address as it begins to develop new legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

In her testimony, Dr. Brittingham, president of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), addressed key areas of innovation such as distance education, competency-based education, as well steps Congress could take to allow accreditors additional flexibility to enable expanded innovation in higher education.

To read Dr. Brittingham's full testimony and watch the hearing, please go to this link.


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