A new government report faults the accrediting agencies that monitor the nation's colleges and universities, finding inadequate oversight particularly with regard to those schools that fail to prepare their students. 
The report, published by the non-partisan Government Accounting Office (GAO), analyzes data  from October 2009 through March 2014, and finds in part that "schools with weaker student outcomes were, on average, no more likely to have been sanctioned by accreditors than schools with stronger student outcomes."  The report also finds that poor finances is the overwhelmingly most often reason for accreditor sanctions, rather than poor student preparation or outcomes. BusinessWeek concludes that "accreditation groups are paying too much attention to schools’ finances and not enough to the quality of the education they offer, or the value of the degree students walk away with."



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