Federal advisory board votes to drop for-profit college accreditor

Source: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

An independent advisory board voted Friday to prevent a controversial accreditation agency from being a gatekeeper between colleges and billions of dollars of federal financial aid, bringing the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools a step closer to losing its authority.

In an 11-to-1 vote, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity recommended the accrediting agency lose the recognition it needs to operate, citing the agency’s lax oversight of troubled for-profit colleges.

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