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ERIC Number: ED562036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 88
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors. Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives. GAO-15-59
Emrey-Arras, Melissa
US Government Accountability Office
To access federal student aid--which totaled more than $136 billion in fiscal year 2013--schools must be accredited to ensure they offer a quality education. In light of accreditors' important role in overseeing schools, this report examines (1) accreditor sanctions of schools for non-compliance with accreditor standards, (2) how likely accreditors are to sanction schools with weaker student outcome or financial characteristics, and (3) how the Department of Education (Education) uses accreditor sanction information for oversight. GAO analyzed sanction data from October 2009 through March 2014--the most recent data available--and conducted statistical modeling using data Education collects on schools to test whether schools with weaker characteristics are more likely to be sanctioned by accreditors. GAO also reviewed Education documents, relevant federal laws and regulations, prior research on student outcomes, and interviewed representatives of accreditors, higher education associations, schools, and Education. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Data on Institutional Characteristics of Schools with Sanctions; (3) Data on the Likelihood of Termination or Probation for Selected Federal Student Outcomes; (4) Data on the Likelihood of Termination or Probation for Selected Federal Financial Characteristics; (5) Comments from the Department of Education; and (6) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. [In addition to the GAO contact, Melissa Emrey-Arras, Kris Nguyen, Assistant Director; Eve Weisberg, Analyst-in-Charge; Ellen Phelps Ranen; Jennifer McDonald; John Mingus; Jeff Tessin; Jessica Botsford; Holly Dye; and James Bennett made significant contributions to this report. Also contributing to this report were Jacques Arsenault, David Barish, Sue Bernstein, Deborah Bland, Ramona Burton, Michelle Fejfar, Shannon Finnegan, Kirsten Lauber, Ted Leslie, Sheila McCoy, Cathy Roark, Vernette Shaw, Michelle St. Pierre, Debra Prescott, Kate Van Gelder, and Charlie Willson.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office