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October 31, 2019

Following the markup of the College Affordability Act in the House Education and Labor Committee, the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) today submitted a comment letter to Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) o...

October 31, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education today released final regulations related to higher education accreditation. 

While C-RAC is still in the process of reviewing the final regulations, it appears the rules largely maintain the integrity of the consensus reached earlier thi...

July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) today submitted a comment letter in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is based on the final consensus language that resulted from the...

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC), a coalition of seven regional organizations responsible for the accreditation of roughly 3,000 of the nation’s colleges and universities, today issued the following statement recognizing the U....

April 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.– In a hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) President Belle Wheelan, who is also a member of the Council of Regional Accr...

April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) and president of the Higher Learning Commission, today issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated ru...

April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a hearing today before the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education, New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) President Barbara Brittingham shared the important role regional accrediting commissions play in...

January 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education announced Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of C-RAC and president of the Higher Learning Commission, will serve on the Accreditation and Innovation Committee for the upcoming negotiated rulemaking on higher education...

December 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of C-RAC and president of the Higher Learning Commission, today issued the following comment in response to two “Rethinking Higher Education” white papers released by the U.S. Department of Education:

“The Council of Regi...

December 12, 2018

HLC hosted state agency representatives from its 19-state region Nov. 8-9 during the annual meeting of State Higher Education Executive Officers. This year’s theme was “Communication, Collaboration, & Advocacy for Student Success.”

Attendees took part in informational s...

September 18, 2018

Two members of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) recently offered testimony on issues that will be discussed in the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking. Announced in July, the negotiated rulemaking will examine regulatory burdens...

September 17, 2018

We are living in a time when innovation is embraced as a necessary tool in American higher education. Our work will lead toward a stronger system of postsecondary education, with accountability and a measurable return on investment for the public, lawmakers, families,...

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on several accreditation-related policies that will be discussed as part of the department’s negotiated rulemaking.

Barbara Gellman-...

July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions, today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced plans to reassess higher education standards and reevaluate the role of postsecondary...

June 14, 2018

This piece was originally published in Inside Higher Ed on 06/14/2018 and is republished here with permission.

Describing his service on a voluntary visiting team, Bob Ubell defends regional accreditation as a form of “deliberative democracy” and urges us not to hand it...

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