DOE = department of energy = shut down and spend elsewhere, imo. It would help. Many other options (department of education would be another).
Really, when you think about, cost of college is way too high. It has gone up at double inflation for 30 years.
Dept of education
I agree college cost has gone up, and you won't here me defend the rise in cost.
However, it is important to get some historical perspective. In decades past, accreditation was based more on university reputation. Employers, in the 1980s began to complain that college graduates were entering he work force ill-equipped to start their career. Lobbying forced federal regulations to have a more honest assessment of what a college education meant. Essentially if a university was going to get federal grant money, they also needed to follow federal guidelines, including more accountability of what a college degree meant. This increase accreditation standards, meant increasing the cost at the administrative levels.
If you want to enter the field or academics these days, about 40% of your time will be filled with direct education, the remainder with assessment work. This means, hiring professionals to collate that assessment toward accreditation. Without accreditation, no federal scholarship money or grant money and thus a university may as well close its doors.
It is a catch-22, but then again there is some accountability built into the process.
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