The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to take a "deep dive" into accreditation, Diane Auer Jones, a special adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, said Tuesday.
Speaking at a University Professional and Continuing Education Association conference, Jones said that current regulations are hampering colleges' efforts to offer non-degree-level credentials.
"What we hear from both faculty and employers is that [accreditation] is always going to hold innovation back," said Jones.
The department announced earlier this year that it is planning to amend federal rules related to accrediting agencies and accreditation procedures through negotiated rule making.
Notice of the public hearings for this process will come out in the Federal Register this summer, said Jones. "We take these public hearings very seriously, and we want you to come to these hearings with ideas," she said.
Read more at Inside Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/20/us-department-education-willing-experiment-accreditation