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Diploma and Accreditation Integrity Protection Act

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6/4/2013--Introduced. Diploma and Accreditation Integrity Protection Act - Prohibits any accreditor from being considered a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered by degree-granting institutions for any purpose related ...[more]

Sponsor

  • Rep. Timothy H. Bishop [D, NY-1]

Sponsor: Rep Tim Bishop (D-NY)

Summary:

  • Would prohibit any accreditor from being considered a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered by degree-granting institutions for any purpose related to immigration, federal employment, or any other federal activity, unless the accreditor is recognized by the Secretary of Education.
  • Only a degree from a degree-granting institution that is accredited by such an accreditor would be considered to be acceptable in situations when a degree from an institution of higher education (IHE) is required or taken into consideration for the purpose of appointing, promoting, or improving the pay of a federal employee.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be directed to define as an "unfair and deceptive act or practice": (1) certain offerings of academic, professional, or occupational degrees by entities that are not IHEs or are not accredited by an accreditor recognized by the Secretary, any other appropriate federal agency, or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; or (2) the issuing of any accreditation to a degree-granting institution by an accreditor that lacks such recognition.
 

Status:

6/4/13 – Introduced and referred to the Committees on Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, and Education and Workforce.