Accreditors Must Prioritize Outcomes

One of the primary reasons students enroll in college is to improve their chances in the job market. For some, that might mean getting a new or better job. For others, the objective might be higher earnings. While students’ goals vary, one thing remains true: Too many students who take out loans do not earn a degree or do not earn enough to pay down their debt, and they face damaging consequences either way.

In many cases, accreditors—the oversight bodies that are supposed to help prevent this—should be doing a better job. This year,* government officials will have the opportunity to hold three accreditors to a higher standard. The Center for American Progress, or CAP, has recommendations for how to do so.

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