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Ed Dept: New accreditation rules will be ‘more aggressive’ to prevent abrupt college closures – Education Dive

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  • Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, outlined how forthcoming regulations on accreditation would address college closings during an event Tuesday hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • New regulations will include “financial triggers” that require colleges to file a teach-out plan with an accreditor, even if it doesn’t intend to close, Jones said. Teach-out plans will also require more detail, including a list of institutions that could potentially take students.
  • The proposals will provide an “off-ramp” for some colleges, Jones said. If a college’s academic quality is up to par but it loses accreditation because of other issues, it will be able to retain access to Title IV funds for an additional 120 days. “These provisions will allow everybody to be a little more aggressive and to shoot off the signal a little bit earlier,” she added.

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