The paper analyzes actions taken by Texas accreditors to regulate college quality and to approve new colleges with substantial student reach.

Key points

– College accreditors rarely take formal action to discipline Texas colleges for poor student outcomes or low-quality academic programming.

– College accreditors almost never approve new colleges in Texas that reach significant numbers of students.

– Texas colleges that received accreditation in the last 20 years educate only 2% of the state’s undergraduates.