New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Judith Eaton on Self-Regulation | SCUP Links |

"What we have currently is a lack of alignment between purposes and expectations. Accreditation was developed as a collegial process, using peer review with a primary focus on quality improvement. That collegial approach has worked for a great many years. While this approach has grown over the past 20 years, in the past five years, there has been, especially from the federal government and some states, an expectation that accreditation should function as a form of compliance with statutes and regulations. I’m referring to the requirements in the law as to what accreditors must do with institutions or programs in accordance with regulatory criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions are required to document compliance with those regulatory criteria, and accreditors are obligated to consider such compliance when the institution is reviewed for initial membership or continued accreditation."