Lee to Propose Accreditation Overhaul This Week

During his speech at the Heritage Foundation last week, Sen. Mike Lee laid out a proposal letting states set up accreditation and give financial aid for educational courses offered at places other than colleges or universities.

Politico notes Lee’s proposal would allow an alternative path for higher education, through corporations or apprenticeships, and a bill is expected this week.

“Imagine having access to credit and student aid and for a program in computer science accredited by Apple or in music accredited by the New York Philharmonic, college-level history classes on-site at Mount Vernon or Gettysburg; medical-technician training developed by the Mayo Clinic,” Lee said, later continuing: “Brick-and-ivy institutions will always be the backbone of our higher education system, but they shouldn’t be the only option.”