Centennial Newsletter - June 2012


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Dear ACICS Colleges and Schools,

The valuable contribution you make to the communities you serve goes beyond the success of the students who graduate and embrace economic opportunity. It includes the institutional support you provide to the community at large. That contribution was epitomized during the ACICS Centennial We SERVE initiative, when students and staff at nearly 200 member institutions rolled up their sleeves, donned their work gloves, and went to work on a wide variety of community service projects.

On behalf of the Council, congratulations on the wonderful demonstration of philanthropy and community! The We SERVE projects demonstrate in a high-profile manner, one week in May, what we all know goes on every week of the year: strong institutions occupied by solid citizens making a difference in their communities.


Albert C. Gray
Executive Director and CEO

We SERVE Community Service Week

The We SERVE initiative was a major success thanks to the participation of nearly 200 ACICS member schools engaging in local community service projects. ACICS could not be more proud to be affiliated with such a dedicated group of individuals who share our values and loyalty to giving back to the communities in which our schools serve.

At Daymar College in Madisonville, Ky., students worked to raise awareness of missing persons in western Kentucky as part of National Missing Persons Day. In addition to observing National Missing Persons Day and National Missing Children’s Day, the service project recognized families that had lost or are still missing loved ones, and provided citizens with advice on topics including personal safety and how to effectively help with a search.

“With all the people still missing in our area, and with National Missing Persons and Children’s Day coming up, we, as a whole class, decided that helping out this event would be a great choice for our criminal justice service project,” Misty Compton, criminal justice student and Daymar College We SERVE program ambassador, said. “We want to raise awareness about the people who are missing both locally and nationally. We want to get more people involved.”

California-based SBB Colleges completed several community beautification projects, including pulling weeds and clearing a playground area at Rice Park in Santa Maria. Students also picked up debris at McGrath State Beach, which had recently been flooded. In Bakersville, students helped pick up trash following a local community event.

These are just a few examples of the many projects in which our students and faculty were involved over the course of the week, and we look forward to learning more about each of your service initiatives.

Share Your Results and Win!
Each We SERVE participant is a winner! You made a difference in your community and collectively, ACICS schools impacted the nation. You could be one of several schools that will receive special recognition for their efforts by ACICS. One lucky school will be selected to receive the ACICS Centennial Community Service Award, which includes tickets to the Centennial gala in November.

In order for your project to be considered for judging, the project coordinator should submit a project summary by June 22, 2012 (the deadline has been extended from June 15). In 750 words or less, the report should include the following:

  • School name, address, ACICS ID number, project coordinator name and e-mail
  • A description of the project goal and the degree to which the goal was achieved
  • Project statistics such as number of volunteers, number of volunteer hours, number of people served, pounds of food collected, amount of money raised, etc. Get creative!
  • Photos or examples of media coverage are highly encouraged, but not required as part of the project summary

Send your project summary, photos, and news reports (if applicable) to aheadley@acics.org by June 22, 2012. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be notified by July 15, 2012.


2012 ACICS Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration Gala

The culmination of the ACICS Centennial year will be “100 Years of Educating America,” the ACICS 2012 Professional Development Conference and Annual Meeting at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The highlight of the meeting will be the Centennial Gala, a festive reception and dinner to mark the agency’s 100 years of ensuring excellence in career education.

ACICS is proud to announce that Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine, will be the keynote speaker for this event. Previously, Smith was the founder and CEO of SMARTHINKING, an online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. In addition to his responsibilities at StraighterLine, Smith is currently writing chapters for two books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he serves as a member of AEI’s Higher Education Working Group.

Before his work with StraighterLine and SMARTHINKING, Smith worked as an independent consultant who contracted with for-profit and non-profit educational organizations, including clients such as the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, and the CEO Forum on Education and Technology. As a writer about education and technology issues, Smith has been published by Wired Magazine, Wired News, Converge Magazine, University Business and the National School Boards Association. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.

It is with great privilege that we are able to host him as our keynote speaker, and we look forward to his insight on issues affecting ACICS and our member institutions.

Snapshot from ACICS History – The Progressive ‘70s

The 1970s represented a period of continued change and innovation for the private education industry. In 1974, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act was passed, a civil rights law that prohibited states from impeding students' rights to equal educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin. This was a major step towards access to education for all Americans. On the heels of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act came the end of the Vietnam War, a time when veterans returned to the United States in search of normalcy and to obtain a job. Many of these veterans enrolled in career-focused education programs provided by private universities and colleges.

In 1972, the members of ACICS’s predecessor, the Accrediting Council of Business Schools (ACBS), voted to change the organization’s name to the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (AICS). Furthermore, the sub-committee that focused on accreditation – Accrediting Commission of Business Schools – was shortened to become the Accrediting Commission. Although these changes seemed small at the time, they set the stage for ACICS’s future growth in the diversity of the programs it accredits.

Click here to read more Stories of the Centennial.

Send In Your Story
Click here to submit a student story from your school for a chance to be featured on ACICS.org or in a future edition of the Centennial Newsletter.

Centennial Student Profile

Nathan Shriver: managing and providing creative direction as art director for Under Armour’s Interactive segment.

Nathan Shriver is a great example of the successes students have had since graduating from an ACICS member institution. Nathan is able to couple his creative intellect with his educational background in order to thrive in his current position at Under Armour.

Nathan graduated from the Art Institute of York, Pennsylvania in 2011, where he studied Interactive Media. Building off his degree, Nathan serves as the art director of Interactive in Baltimore, Md., where he manages and provides creative direction for Under Armour’s direct-to-consumer business unit. Nathan oversees online brand media and user experience, art directs television spots, and manages brand evolution around new digital market segments and product initiatives.

His work has earned him seven Baltimore Market AAB Addy Awards, the Advertising Association Regional Addy Award, the Telly Award, a Macromedia Site of the Day Award, and two Webby Honoree Awards. It has given him the opportunity to rub shoulders with sports legends including Carlos Delgado, 2002 Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, Julius Jones, Vernon Davis, and U.S. women’s soccer gold medalist Heather Mitts.

Describing his work, Nathan turns to the words of Steve Jobs, who stated, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Nathan says these words encompass the work he does every day. ACICS is proud to be able to call him an alumnus of one of our member institutions.

Centennial Resources to Download

Visit the Resources page to view and download fact sheets, the Centennial logo, and other materials. ACICS has also created an online Centennial Toolkit to guide schools in planning local celebrations, inform students about ACICS’s 100 years of history, offer links to videos and other multimedia content, and more.

Click here to view all related Centennial resources.

Click here to view the Centennial Toolkit.

Upcoming Events

  • June 20-22: Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Annual Convention and Exposition (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • July 25-26: Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA) Annual Conference (Cranberry, Pa.)
  • September 28: Virginia Career College Association (VA-CCA) Annual Fall Conference (Richmond, Va.)
  • November 8-11: ACICS Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration Gala (Las Vegas, Nev.)