Imagine if Honda, in order to com­pete in the American mar­ket, had been required by fed­eral law to adopt the preestab­lished labor prac­tices, man­age­ment struc­ture, dealer net­work, and vehi­cle port­fo­lio of General Motors. Imagine fur­ther that Honda could only sell cars through GM deal­ers. Those are essen­tially the terms that accred­i­ta­tion forces on poten­tial dis­rup­tive inno­va­tors in higher edu­ca­tion today.

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