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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether an institution is accredited?
The ACICS web site provides a current list of accredited institutions and also institutions that have applied to ACICS seeking an accredited status. 

The U.S. Department of Education also has a web site with a list of institutions and accrediting agencies. 


What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation are to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.


How does an institution apply for ACICS Accreditation?
Before an institution may submit an application for accreditation, it must demonstrate that it is eligible for accreditation. ACICS' eligibility requirements are described in the Accreditation Criteria, Title I, Chapter 2. Read more...  


What are the financial requirements for Initial Applicants?
ACICS expects that institutions evidence financial stability as required in Section 3-1-203 of the Accreditation Criteria. Read more... 


What criteria are used for the final review of financial stability for an Initial Grant?
The institution must meet ACICS requirements by submitting audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year. Read more... 


How does an institution maintain ACICS accreditation?
Although receiving initial accreditation is a complex and daunting task which requires commitment to educational quality, once an institution has earned a grant of accreditation it must meet all of the additional requirements outlined in the Accreditation Criteria, Title II, Chapters 1 and 2. Read more... 


What is Campus Effectiveness Planning?
Institutions are required to demonstrate their formal plans to continuously improve their educational, administrative, and student learning outcomes effectiveness. Read more...