Centennial Highlights

Over the course of the year, ACICS celebrated 100 years of Advancing Excellence in Education with thought leadership events, a week of community service, and a souvenir publication. Thanks to the extraordinary Centennial Committee and efforts of commissioners, institutions, students, and staff, we clearly and confidently shared the ACICS story within and beyond our community.

The examination of our past has strengthened our commitment to quality education for future generations of students.


A Century of Excellence
A Future of Promise

ACICS’ first 100 years is captured in a mini-documentary produced with original artwork and historic materials from the ACICS archives. The six-minute video covers the migration from farm to city, the Great Depression, post WWII, and the transformation of the workplace through technology. Request your copy of “A Century of Excellence” by emailing Quentin Dean or watch it on YouTube.


Setting Standards for Career Education: A 100-Year Perspective

To celebrate the Centennial, ACICS produced Setting Standards: 100 Years of Accredited Career Education, a newly illustrated volume by Virginia author Bob Cohen. Setting Standards illustrates the motivation behind self-governance and voluntary quality assurance of private career colleges and schools. While the history describes many aspects of an evolving, national organization with many functions related to membership, the core enterprise was and is the assurance of educational quality and the preservation of institutional integrity.

Setting Standards is an ideal souvenir of this momentous year. 

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Preview portions of Setting Standards here.




ACICS Centennial Logo

Centennial Celebration

The highlight of the year was the Centennial Gala held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. View the pictures from the Professional Development Conference, Gala, and Annual Meeting:



Centennial Awards

Centennial Honorees

A number of schools were honored this year for their length of service to students.

Founding Members

Century Club Members

50+ Club Members

Thomas Duff

Lifetime Achievement Award

During the Centennial Gala, ACICS recognized the unique and endearing contributions of one individual who has served the agency spanning 25 years. 
Read about the Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award


Career Point College, San Antonio, Texas

Students Empowered to Respond and Volunteer Everywhere

In May, ACICS developed and launched We SERVE (Students Empowered to Respond and Volunteer Everywhere) as a part of the Centennial celebration. The weeklong initiative encouraged students to apply their classroom skills in the community by serving their neighbors. Career Point College in San Antonio, Texas, Spencerian College in Louisville, Kentucky, and Trinity College of Puerto Rico were recognized for outstanding service projects. Read more.


Workforce Skills Reality Check

Panel Discussion: Workforce Skills Reality Check

On December 5, 2011, results of a survey commissioned by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) were released during a panel discussion at the National Press Club. This discussion served as the foreward to the Centennial year's events.
View the Panel Discussion


Centennial Signature Photo

Professional Development Presentations

The 2012 Professional Development Conference explored topics from the following areas:
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