Scott Statement on Department of Education’s Final Accreditation Rule

WASHINGTON – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education issued final changes to federal requirements on institution accreditation.

“Students and parents view college accreditation as a seal of approval from the federal government. By rolling back standards for accreditors, the Department is undermining a key driver of institutional accountability, further exposing students and taxpayers to fraud and abuse at the hands of low-quality schools.                                          

“The Education Department’s effort to weaken accreditation standards highlights the need for Congress to pass legislation that holds schools accountable for students’ success. Today, the Committee advanced the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive proposal that improves quality of higher education by establishing stronger accountability measures for schools and setting higher standards for college accreditors.”


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