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The Higher Education Act and Accreditation Reform

America’s Higher Education Is in Dire Need of Reform


The Honorable Hank Brown

Former United States Senator from Colorado and former President, The University of Colorado


Ann Neal

President, American Council for Trustees and Alumni

Neal McCluskey

Associate Director, Center for Education Freedom, Cato Institute

Hosted by

Lindsey Burke

Will Skillman Fellow in Education,

Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation


The average college student leaves school with more than $26,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion.  At the same time, too many students leave college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce.  And yet, despite the dire state of today’s higher education system, there is hope on the horizon: By favoring knowledge and skill acquisition over seat time, online options and competency-based learning are disrupting the traditional higher education market and perhaps have laid the foundation for a revitalization of American education.  Despite the promise presented by these innovations, however, the antiquated higher education accreditation process remains a considerable obstacle to reform.  Congress may also soon consider various proposals to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs all federal student loans and grants.


Join us for a discussion of the Higher Education Act and accreditation reform led by a group of the nation’s leading experts on higher education.


Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.


The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium

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