Accountability

Higher education in the United States has a multi-tiered accountability system in which the federal government, state leaders, campus presidents, faculty senates, accrediting bodies, and commercial college rankings all play a role in shaping local decision-making. Learn more about our Accountability work.

Higher education in the United States has a multi-tiered accountability system in which the federal government, state leaders, campus presidents, faculty senates, accrediting bodies, and commercial college rankings all play a role in shaping local decision-making. No universal accountability system would be sufficient to meet the needs of the celebrated diversity in American higher education. Therefore, we work to improve accountability systems—broadly defined to include not only regulatory systems created by federal, state, and system authorities but also non-governmental systems like college rankings and other processes that influence consumer behavior—that focus on increasing student learning and attainment at a reasonable cost.