Under Obama, Accreditation Is Still in the Hot Seat – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Under Obama, Accreditation Is Still in the Hot Seat – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Edsgar Dijkstra, one of the founder of the discipline of Computer Science, said that “It is not the task of the University to offer what society asks for, but to give what society needs. ”   Remembering the role of universities in dissent (for example, during the McCarthy era and during the Vietnam war), that observation has added resonance.  Current calls for tighter federal control of higher education all run the risk of defeating this important social purpose by undercutting what is left of the independence of the academy.  Whether the controls are viewed as adversarial (“prove that parents are getting their money’s worth”) or supportive (“tuition-free full-federal-funding higher ed”), the risk is the same.

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