Accreditation in an Era of Open Resources. I still think that accreditation is the strongest carrot higher education has left to wield. When we have a recognized, open option for that we’ll really start to see some interesting stuff happen in education.
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.