Accreditation draws questions from lawmakers

New technology and changing student demographics have members of a U.S. House of Representatives higher-education subcommittee questioning the value of accreditation, which schools need for their students to qualify for federal financial aid. At a hearing last week, critics said institutions must be transparent about costs and job-placement rates to "ensure that the accreditation process provides for high-quality education programs that are worthy of student and taxpayer investment and lead to good family-sustaining jobs and careers," Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, said.

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