Prepare for Changes in Higher Education Accreditation (The Change Leader [Podcast], August 2021) “Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), was interviewed on changes ahead for higher education and accreditation.”

Warren Drops Opposition to Biden’s Higher Education Nominee (Politico, August 11, 2021) “President Joe Biden’s pick for the No. 3 spot at the Education Department is moving forward in the Senate after Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped her opposition, citing ‘substantial reforms’ to the federal student loan program that she says the administration vowed to make. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of James Kvaal to be undersecretary of Education, the top official overseeing higher education and student aid. The Senate agreed to take up the procedural vote on his nomination when it returns from recess in mid-September.”

Arkansas to Expand Online with Grantham Acquisition (Inside Higher Ed, August 11, 2021) “The University of Arkansas system is poised to acquire the online, for-profit Grantham University if the system Board of Trustees approves the deal, as expected. If the system board votes to approve the acquisition deal, the Grantham board of directors and the board of the Level Playing Field Corp. — Grantham’s owner — will need to green light the transaction. The plan also hinges on approval from the Distance Education Accreditation Commission, Grantham’s accreditor.”

Barber-Scotia College Is at Best About a Decade Away from Accreditation (Independent Tribune [NC], August 5, 2021) “Barber-Scotia College is at a minimum eight years away from accreditation, despite public comments from college officials stating it is only a few years away. The college, which was first a female seminary in 1867, lost its accreditation in 2004 with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).”