North Central considering tightening its standards

2 For-Profit Education Companies Seek to Move West for Accreditation
Bridgepoint's proposed move comes at the same time that North Central's Higher Learning Commission is close to approving a new policy calling for the institutions it accredits to have a "substantial presence" in its 19-state region. That measure will require that a majority of a college's administrative and business operations be located within the region, along with at least one campus.

In the case of institutions that are mostly online, like Bridgepoint, the location of the administrative offices, rather than where students are located, will be key to how the policy will be interpreted, said Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission. "We're not going to ask you where the students are dialing in from," she said


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