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Senate Hearing Focuses on 'Triad' Responsible for Overseeing Colleges
September 20, 2013
The U.S. Senate kicked off its effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act on Thursday with a relatively tame hearing on the regulatory "triad" that oversees colleges. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the Democratic chairman of the education committee, described the hearing as an opportunity to re-examine the three-legged system of states, the federal government, and accreditors, "and determine whether it is up to the task of overseeing higher education both today and tomorrow." Yet Mr. Harkin and other lawmakers steered clear of the attacks on accreditors that have characterized recent hearings, taking what Mr. Harkin called a "pragmatic look at the current landscape of higher education" to "delineate what is strong and what is weak."