Sunday, June 26, 2016
Following up on Friday's post, Department Of Education Panel Recommends Suspension Of ABA's Power To Accredit Law Schools Due To Its 'Lack Of Attention To Student Achievement':
ABA Journal, ABA Threatened With 1-year Suspension of Law School Accreditation Powers:
A Department of Education panel on Wednesday recommended that the ABA’s accreditation power for new law schools be suspended for one year, on the basis that the organization failed to implement its student achievement standards and probationary sanctions, while also not meeting its audit process and analysis responsibilities regarding students’ debt levels. ...
“The ABA has been under pressure for quite a number of years about both outcomes for graduates and accurate reporting by law schools, and during the last few years there’s been pressure about the increasing number of students who are admitted with increasingly low test scores,” says Deborah Merritt, an Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law professor who writes at Law School Cafe. Still, she and other academics were surprised about the announcement, which Paul Caron, a Pepperdine University School of Law professor who edits TaxProfBlog, described as “stunning news.”
Bloomberg Law, Is the ABA on Verge of Losing Law School Accreditation?:
The American Bar Association may be on the brink of a serious rebuke. ... In a little-noticed decision, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity on Wednesday recommended the Department of Education suspend for one year the ABA’s ability to accredit new law schools. ...
The NACIQI’s rebuke of the ABA came amid a wider criticism of accreditors before the meeting by undersecretary of education Ted Mitchell. “The unfortunate reality is that not all institutions have students’ best interests at heart or are investing their resources in ways that maximize student success,” said Mitchell. “Accreditors should be the failsafe in these instances. But too often they have been asleep at the switch.”