The key to improving higher education in the United States lies in selecting the right regulatory tools.
A strengthened management-based regime could be combined with a lessening of unnecessary and unhelpful “command and control.”
The college rating controversy reveals the challenges of a performance-based approach to regulating higher education.
Regulation of higher education has long been “management-based”—and under attack for being ineffectual.
Those seeking to reform the regulation of higher education must understand the available tools.
The Obama Administration’s failed effort to establish a rating system holds implications for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.