Life Begins at 55+

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There is enough evidence that our past has proven there is no specific age for lack of expectations, imagination or creativity. The above chart gives perspective of how many instances where a myth was broken when these people began an institution that made a difference in all our lives. Looking at our new age with millennial and Gen Z’s there is much to be said and considered in our education circles. If we were to look at the baby boomers and the onset of great health care today people are living longer. Many of these people have possessed jobs and positions with accountability and responsibility they loved. Some have moved on by considering a new occupation with some training. These people are not looking for a rocking chair but are looking to know more avenues of challenge. Institutions who are considering short-term programs for improvement of skills and updating to new technology could be the perfect fit for people age 55 and older. Looking at health and comparisons by decades the new age 50 would could be 40. Just how long can these people work and be productive? Our new era is full of people with great wisdom and experience. This is why it is good for the age 50 and older to consider going to school.

Back to School at Age 50+

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CHEA Recognition Call

CHE is making a call for nominations for its Committee on Recognition. I encourage you to consider professionals who would represent recognition with a non-partisan viewpoint. This is your opportunity to recommend someone in any one of the categories.

You can make a difference!

Call for Nominations: Committee on Recognition | Council for Higher Education Accreditation

One Chapter Closes

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It has been a constant reminder of the heartache for ITT employees and students. By being associated with all the schools and teachers I know how difficult of time it has been for you. Your contributions to students both through your empathy and professional expertise will never be forgotten. The time I was working with you from 1997 until 2010 I was always thankful to have your acquaintance and friendship. I know you are all proud of your graduates. Over the past eight years there has been a great decrease in the needed career school skilled graduates. America needs to look at how we establish more electricians, plumbers, HVAC, allied health, information technology, solar technicians, construction graduates. There are too many to mention but we are facing huge gaps of available schools to meet this need. As members of this profession I hope you are still speaking out for the need for your community. Take part in your civic groups and stay in contact with your governmental officials. Let them know your experience in helping career school students.

Another chapter this week closed. Please read the article:

SEC Comes to Agreement

ACCREDITORS STILL ON FRONT PAGE

 

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It has been an interesting past six years for colleges to focus on their role for serving students. There has been an ongoing audit and search into services colleges provide. The pathway to questioning the outcomes of colleges and schools took a turn towards the accreditation agencies and their efficiencies. As some of this investigation seemed to quiet down there is now a new report regarding four accrediting agencies mission and actions. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General released a new report. As you will see in the report there exist criticism but no outline with accreditors to achieve a positive forward-looking solution. For six years school have been looking to government oversight to provide synergism with what will be the solution for serving students.

Our schools have been the rock of our society and civilization as our forefathers had intended. The damage to our schools continues to have a long-term effect on our communities, values, and economy. Most of the issues have culminated into the inequity of requirements between schools and colleges. Equity varies by accreditation organizations. Higher regulations exist for some schools by what  accreditor they have been encouraged to join. Other accreditation organizations are exclusive and are being pardoned from other requirements spelled out for others. Equity, fairness and oversight is lacking in the foundation of what an accreditor should be on how to provide a pathway of success for schools and colleges. This would be acceptable if the accreditors were independent and private but they are not. Accreditors are responsible to the U.S. Department of Education. It would be great to see progress with positive and equitable direction for all accreditors.

Education Department Watchdog Criticizes Oversight of Accreditors

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General last week released the results of an audit on the department’s recognition processes for accrediting agencies, which serve as the gatekeepers for federal financial aid. The audit found several weaknesses, with concerns that revolved around inadequate supporting documents accreditors present to the department — a process the inspector general said is subject to “cherry-picking” by the agencies.

“We found that the Office of Postsecondary Education’s post-recognition oversight is not adequate to insure agencies consistently and effectively carry out their responsibilities,” the audit report said. “OPE does not have an adequate plan for the post-recognition oversight of agencies and does not regularly perform reviews of high-risk agencies during the recognition period.”

The audit was based on reviews of five accrediting agencies — four institutional and one specialized — which the inspector general did not name in the report. It used data from “dashboards” the department created during the Obama administration in an attempt to better keep track of the performance of accreditors.

When an accrediting agency makes the case for continued recognition to the department, the audit found, it can use compliance information for as few as two colleges.

“OPE takes a reactive approach to post-recognition oversight and performs oversight activities for an agency only if it is alerted that compliance or other issues may exist at that agency,” the inspector general said. “This could result in no oversight for some agencies, including newly recognized or higher risk agencies, for up to five years. In addition, OPE’s oversight approach may not identify significant agency issues soon enough to mitigate or prevent potential harm to accredited schools, students or taxpayers.”

The department under Obama made the rare move to yank recognition for a national accreditor, the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools, which oversaw many for-profit colleges, including two large chains that collapsed. However, the Trump administration restored ACICS’s recognition, despite findingnumerous failures by the accreditor to improve, according to an internal staff report the department later released.