I’m one of the complainers and trash talkers of accreditation. I’ll admit it. I believe accrediting bodies do have a tendency to stifle innovation. But I also look at the accreditation standards we’re trying to meet and realize that some of these ideas don’t make sense.
However, to show I’m not totally negative all the time about accreditation, here’s a promising and positive article about accreditation from Inside Higher Ed.
It uses the news from last week about University of the People earning accreditation as a note that all accrediting bodies are trying to squash innovation. When I saw this news last week, my thoughts about partnering with U-People began to grow even more fonder. (Their name has been on a note on my desk for a few months to pursue more information). But now I’m wondering…
Why shouldn’t ACC start connecting our students with U-People and get an accredited degree and we provide spiritual formation and academic support services along the way?