News

May 2011 Executive Director Update

Progress toward recognition by CHEA and USDOE

ACICS’ long journey toward re-recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is nearly complete, following the submission in April of responses to staff reports from both agencies.

The next step in the Department’s process will be the publication of a final staff report, in advance of the meeting by the Secretary’s National Advisory Committee in Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) on June 8 in Washington, D.C. At that time, ACICS will have the opportunity to defend its petition for recognition in front of the 18-member NACIQI panel. Member institutions, students, employers and the general public also have an opportunity to provide comments to NACIQI regarding ACICS’ request for recognition as a reliable authority on educational quality. Comments may be provided in writing to the Department or in-person the day of the meeting. Recommendations from NACIQI will be used by the Department to make a final determination regarding ACICS’ recognition by early Fall.

The CHEA committee on recognition will review the ACICS petition on June 13 in Washington, D.C.  A CHEA accreditation evaluator spent the week of April 4 observing the ACICS council meeting and deliberations, and provided a written report to ACICS and the recognition panel. ACICS’ response to the report will be part of the information considered by the recognition committee. Member institutions, students, employers and the public also have an opportunity to provide comments to CHEA regarding ACICS’ request for recognition. Comments may be provided in writing to CHEA or in-person the day of the meeting. Recommendations from the committee will be considered by the CHEA Board of Directors in September.

Distributed Enterprise Innovation Highlighted in Chronicle

The May 24 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education includes an article by Eric Kelderman, “Accreditor to Offer New Model That Looks Into Corporate Practices of For-Profit Colleges,”

Regarding the Distributed Enterprise Institution (DEI) accreditation model under development by ACICS for multi-campus educational systems. The Chronicle notes that the “Department of Education and Democrats in Congress have been pressing accreditors to ensure that the drive to improve profits at proprietary colleges does not shortchange students or taxpayers. Now, a national accreditor is developing a process it says will look more intensely at the corporate structure of proprietary institutions and require safeguards against the kinds of abuses that critics allege are rampant.” Click here for the full story. 

Professional Development Conference focuses on Student Success

“Student Success: It Takes a College,” is the theme for the 2011 ACICS Professional Development Conference September 26 through 28 at the Francis Marion Hotel and Resort in beautiful and historic downtown Charleston, S.C.  The conference is designed to fortify the connections between educational quality, institutional effectiveness and the success of students served by ACICS colleges and schools. Educational best practices affirm that from the first encounter with a recruitment professional to the exit interview with a career services placement specialist, the successful career college student is supported by a holistic enterprise that harnesses a full array of resources and expertise. Student success is not an accident; it takes an entire college or school. ACICS has developed a series of workshops and discussion forums focused on important aspects of student success:

• The art of teaching and the science of learning

• Planning and achieving institutional effectiveness

• The economic realities of gainful employment and placement in field

• Retention begets completion begets employment

• Transparency in recruitment and admissions

The conference will provide administrative and academic professionals the opportunity to explore student success from the perspective of hands-on practitioners. Conferees will be engaged in dialogue with some of the leading authorities in career education, from administrators to faculty members, from admissions specialists to placement managers.

Save the dates of September 26 – 28 to attend “Student Success:  It Takes a College.” Be part of the community that explores and celebrates the art and science of student success, ACICS style, in the home of Low Country Cuisine! (Watch for registration information soon at www.acics.org.)

Workshop Schedule for June – July - August

 

2011 ACICS WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 

Deferral Workshop

June 10, 2011

ACICS Office

Accreditation Workshop

June 14, 2011
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Skamania Lodge
1311 SW Skamania Lodge Way,
Stevenson, WA 98648

Adding Value Webinar

July 9, 2011

Online

Evaluator Webinar

July 29, 2011

Online

Accreditation Workshop

August 24, 2011

ACICS Office

AIR/IEP Workshop

August 25, 2011

ACICS Office

Accreditation Workshop

August 26, 2011
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

ACICS Office

Adding Value Webinar

September 9, 2011

Online

AWARE Webinar

September 16, 2011

Online

Deferral Workshop

October 7, 2011

ACICS Office

Initial Applicant Workshop

October 10, 2011

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive                                         San Diego, CA 921128

Accreditation Workshop

October 11, 2011
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive                                         San Diego, CA 921128

Adding Value Webinar

November 4, 2011

Online