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Executive Director Update - March 2011


Career Placement Value now part of Congressional Record

The effectiveness of ACICS institutions in educating students to meet the needs of employers was given high profile March 17 in testimony before Congress. Travis Jennings, Electrical Test Department Supervisor at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Launch Systems Group, Chandler, AZ told the House Committee on Education and the Workforce that he applauds career services as a “dedicated department, as seen in the private sector,” compared with community colleges where career placement duties are assigned as a “collateral responsibility.”

Mr. Jennings serves on the Industry Advisory Committee of the School of Electronics Technology, ITT Technical Institute, Tempe, Arizona,

“The career placement services in private sector schools are certainly a valued commodity offered to employers in search of qualified technical candidates. It has been my experience that within these private postsecondary educational institutions there is a genuine customer-supplier relationship between the students, faculty and staff,” Mr. Jennings said. “The students understand that tuition… is compensation for contributions far beyond classroom instruction… that the service provided doesn’t end with a diploma. Career placement for graduating students is a high priority for the private postsecondary education sector. Employers, like Orbital Sciences Corporation, need only reap these ancillary benefits.”

Mr. Jennings also offered comparisons in education quality. He told the Congressional panel, “Employing graduates from both public and private sector postsecondary technical programs, I find their technical capabilities to be indiscernible.”

To read Mr. Jennings full testimony, click on http://edworkforce.house.gov/UploadedFiles/03.17.11_jennings.pdf.


 
More Guidance on Credit Hour Issues

Following recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, ACICS has developed and provided additional information for member institutions regarding compliance with the Department’s Regulation §668.8(l)(2), regarding clock to credit hour conversions.  The regulations, effective July 1, 2011, require ACICS institutions offering vocational training programs to apply new formulas in converting clock hours to credit-hour equivalencies. Non-degree certificate programs and degree programs less than two academic years in length must use clock-to-credit hour conversion. Programs less than 900 hours in length will not be fully eligible for Federal Title IV, HEA student financial aid programs. ACICS has developed application forms and instructions to facilitate program review and analysis.

For details click on http://www.acics.org/accreditation/content.aspx?id=4408. An on-line tutorial regarding the new application forms and process for clock hour/credit hour compliance will soon be available through www.acics.org


 
Defending ACICS & National Accreditation

ACICS has mustered resources to inform policy proposals under consideration in California and Kentucky that would significantly undermine the value of students’ education from member institutions. In both states, policy makers are proposing changes that enforce a partition between national and regional accreditation. In California, the Board of Registered Nursing has scheduled hearings on proposed regulatory amendments that would require pre-licensure nursing education credentials to come from regionally accredited nursing schools only. ACICS has sent a letter to the BRN leadership requesting the organization reconsider the proposed amendments. For more information on the BRN proposal, click on http://www.thecaliforniacoalition.org/regulatory.php 

In Kentucky, ACICS and other recognized national accreditors have sent formal commentary to legislative leadership regarding HB 125, which would require all degree-granting institutions in the state to be regionally accredited. The bill passed out of the House in March but has been held in the Senate. Both issues will require vigilance and participation by ACICS institutions and leadership.


 
Great Expectations For Student Success

The program for the ACICS Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting June 3 and 4 at the Gaylord Texan Resort is available at www.acics.org. The event includes two full days of workshops, awards and discussion forums. We look forward to seeing you there!


 
Student Success: It Takes a College

Members of faculty, professional staff, administrators and leaders, come join us for the 1st Annual ACICS Professional Development Conference Sept. 26 through 28 in Charleston, S.C. at the beautiful Francis Marion Hotel. Click www.francismarionhotel.com to reserve accommodations. Click www.acics.org for a preliminary program and registration information.


 
Welcome New Council Member

The newest elected member of the Council is Dr. Seth Balogh of Brookline College in Phoenix. Dr. Balogh will serve on the ACICS Council and Board of Directors for a five year term. His credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a double major in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master’s and doctorate in Biobehavioral Science from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Balogh is currently the Senior Vice President – Compliance & Regulatory Affairs for Brookline College. With the election of Dr. Balogh and the appointment of John D. Euliano, the Council is fully populated. The next full council meeting is April 5 – 8 in Washington, D.C.


 
New Employees at ACICS

Mark Rice has joined the Finance Department as Staff Accountant. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Norfolk State University. Please welcome Mark to the organization.


 
Workshop Schedule for April – May - June

Accreditation Workshop - ACICS Office
April 29, 2011

Accreditation Workshop - Chicago, IL
May 13, 2011

AWARE Webinar
May 20, 2011

Initial Applicant Workshop - Grapevine, TX
June 2, 2011

Accreditation Workshop - Grapevine, TX
June 3, 2011

Distance Education Workshop - Grapevine, TX
June 3, 2011

Accreditation Workshop - Stevenson, WA
June 14, 2011