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Council Decisions

Action by ACICS to accredit or renew accreditation or not to do so, or to limit or otherwise condition the grant of accreditation, is determined only following review of pertinent information and data on the institution. At each level of review, the number and seriousness of any deficiencies are taken into account, as well as the institution’s indicated willingness and capability to overcome them. The Council may, at its discretion, direct an institution to submit a teach-out agreement, as described in Section 2-2-303 of the Accreditation Criteria. Specific Council actions are discussed in Title II, Chapter 3.

Council actions may fall under the following major categories
    Accreditation Granted
    Accreditation granted with Admonition
    Accreditation Deferred
    Accreditation Denied

If the Council believes that an institution is not in compliance with the Accreditation Criteria, it will take prompt adverse action against the institution, or it will require the institution to take appropriate action to bring itself into compliance with the Accreditation Criteria within a time frame specified by the Council after the institution has been notified that it is not in compliance. That time frame will not exceed the following:

    (a) twelve months, if the longest program is less than one year in length;
    (b) eighteen months, if the longest program is at least one year, but less than two years in length; and
    (c) two years, if the longest program is at least two years in length.

The above time frames may be extended at the sole discretion of the Council for good cause, including evidence that there has been significant improvement in the deficient area(s) and the applicable time frame does not provide sufficient time to demonstrate full compliance, e.g., significant improvement in completion or placement rates.