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Reform Higher Education–Part 2

March 27, 2020

Part 1 of the appeal asked here, was first made in 2008, and is generated by the Coronavirus pandemic that is forcing closure of classroom teaching in American colleges and universities. That practice of instruction in classrooms is a requirement of “Regional Accreditation.”

All those colleges where education occurs in classrooms are required to maintain campus facilities where students learn, eat, sleep and interact socially.  That campus requirement has led to the high cost of a college degree of between $1,000 and $1,800 per course for every course taken by each and every college student seeking a diploma.

Now that these regionally accredited colleges and universities cannot offer classroom classes, they are, in effect, in violation of the classroom “Standard” of their “regional” accreditation. They are also in violation and of state and federal regulations that require classroom “Discussions” as a requirement of access to federal tuition loans and Grants.

By the mid-1980s Web browsers, coupled with a developing system of communication called the “Internet” and low cost PCs in effect “remaindered” the former conditions of classroom education. Every regionally accredited college and university was threatened by Internet delivered training and education programs.

That challenge in higher education was met by doing nothing since 1885 when the first association of accredited colleges was founded.

That was good for college teachers, administrators and ideologically driven “Progressives” who hate America, and very bad for consumers of “accredited” degree programs. From 2010 to 2019, I protested in every forum that would give me a hearing:

The Artful Recluse: “Reclusiveness” as a response to loss of China to Mongol invasion in 17th century China. Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC. June 13, 2019.

 

Anti-American Bias of American Higher Education, Family Research Council, Washington, DC, December 5, 2017.

 

Why American Higher Education is Failing, Heartland Institute, March 1, 2017

 

The Future of Higher Education, Law and Eonomics Center, George Mason University, October 16, 2015

 

Federalization of Higher Education, National Association of Scholars, April 30, 2012

 

Federal Takeover of Higher Education,  Family Research Council, May 11, 2011

 

Politics and For-Profit Education,  Cato Institute, February 1, 2011

 

Profiting from Ivory Towers, Cato Institute, November 30, 2010

Much to the discredit of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and, now, Donald J. Trump, this system is sustained by government regulations and directives. The U.S. Secretary of Education in each of those Administrations is rooted in the old manner of “accreditation.” Now, however, is the time to remove the requirement of classroom instruction and “discussions” and open the doors to regioal accreditation of Internet delivered higher education courses and programs for degree credit.

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