The Culture Wars Are Coming for College Accreditation

July 13, 2023 1 min read

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PEN America

Excerpt: The end of June marks the conclusion of most state legislative sessions. One new educational gag order and one higher education autonomy restriction became law in June, with others in Ohio and Texas going down narrowly to defeat.

After reviewing these new laws, we examine an aspect of higher education governance that has increasingly been targeted in legislative censorship efforts and seems likely to figure centrally in next year’s legislative sessions: college and university accreditation.

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Vane Lucas
Vane Lucas

August 04, 2023

But what is the protection against accreditors become politically/ideologically motivated and leaning to one side of the political spectrum in their requirements? Who watches the watchmen?

As an example, the article states that “Currently, six of the seven major regional accrediting bodies have some sort of standard related to DEI.” This may be something many people support, but it surely goes beyond ensuring the quality of education provided by the institution.

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