Accreditation Bill Reintroduced

U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced a bill last week that would allow states to create a parallel accrediting system to direct federal student aid money to career training programs, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The bill, he said, would allow states, local employers, and students to meet the needs for workforce training without altering the current accreditation system that oversees colleges and universities, Inside Higher Ed reported. DeSantis is pushing to have the bill be included as an amendment to a Higher Education Act reauthorization.

A version of the proposal has been discussed by Conservative Republicans since 2013. The legislation was first introduced in 2015 by DeSantis and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). 

Under the legislation, new state accrediting systems would be able to accredit higher education alternatives (such as apprenticeships) and would allow both non-profit and for-profit programs to add programs.


Related Links

U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis's Press Release

Inside Higher Ed