Western US accreditor to break rank on regional boundaries
Author: Ray Schroeder
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Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The regional accreditor of Western U.S. colleges announced Wednesday that it will consider some proposals to accredit institutions outside of its historical geographic boundaries. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) cited forthcoming rules from the U.S. Department of Education that eliminate geographic boundaries for regional accreditors as the reason for its decision, according to a letter Wednesday. But some experts say the decision marks a departure from accreditors’ position during the rulemaking process and say it could reduce the quality of the accreditation.