This section of the website allows accredited members and interested parties to download applications and forms for several different areas including program development, self-study materials and branch applications. In order to view most of the applications, you may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please see the downloads page for access to all applications and forms.
A branch campus is any location of an institution other than the main, but under the same corporate structure as the main campus (i.e., part of the main campus corporation or a wholly owned subsidiary), that (1) is permanent in nature; (2) offers a full program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized credential; and (3) is geographically separate from the main campus such that students may not easily avail themselves of educational, financial aid, and administrative services of the main campus.
Part I of the application consists of the general academic and financial information about the facility and outlines the readiness of the location to begin enrolling students. The application fee of $2500 and two copies of the application (one hard copy and CD ROM), with accompanying exhibits, must be received in the Council office prior to the initiation of classes.
Part II of the application must be completed within twelve months of the date of initial inclusion and consist of a number of questions about the Institutional Effectiveness Plan, administration, student services, business activities, course offerings, and other basic operational questions.
Faculty Development Plan – Section 3-1-543 of the Accreditation Criteria requires institutions to establish faculty development plans including in-service and/or professional growth activities to enhance faculty expertise. The plan must be in writing and may consist of in-service activities, professional growth activities, or a combination of both.
The Council must be notified prior to the start of any new program and must issue its approval before an institution advertises, recruits, or enrolls students in the proposed program.
A Non-substantive Program Modification Form must be submitted for the following changes
The academic credit analysis form allows institutions to list each course in a program, even if it is not being taught, and indicate how many contact hours are lecture, how many are laboratory or skill-related, and how many are required in an externship/internship.
A learning site is a non-main campus which does not meet the definition of a branch. Examples of learning sites may include government or corporate training, classes for high school students, temporary classroom space, and sites where only portions of a complete program are offered.
Section 2-2-400 of the Accreditation Criteria provides for an automatic, self-executing discontinuation of accreditation effective on the date of a change of ownership/control of an institution accredited by ACICS. It then becomes the responsibility of the institution under the new change of ownership or control to seek a reinstatement of accreditation.
Section 2-2-601 of the ACICS Accreditation Criteria governs changes of name.
Section 2-2-602 of the ACICS Accreditation Criteria governs changes of location.
A Distance Education Application must be submitted and approved by ACICS prior to the initiation of any distance education or online activity, including one or more courses or entire programs.
If your institution plans to cease operations at its main and/or nonmain campuses: