ACICS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. In accordance with CHEA policies and procedures, more than half of ACICS’ accredited institutions are degree-granting.
The CHEA board of directors has determined that ACICS is eligible to undertake a recognition review. Affirming eligibility is the first step in a thorough review of ACICS’ standards and procedures. The next phase will involve review of agency records and documents, and observation of site visits and Council deliberations, among other inquiries.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
At its meeting on September 20-21, 2010, the CHEA Board of Directors reviewed the recommendation of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the eligibility application submitted by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The board of directors determined that ACICS is eligible to undertake a recognition review. ACICS will complete a self-evaluation providing evidence that it meets the CHEA recognition standards. CHEA requires an observation visit to a decision-making meeting of the accrediting organization to observe decision-making activities as these relate to CHEA eligibility and recognition standards. The CHEA Committee on Recognition will review the self-evaluation, the report of the observation visit and any third-party requests for comment and make a recommendation to the CHEA Board of Directors. The CHEA Board of Directors will make the final determination of recognition status.