Standards Century Volume 1, No.1

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 1, No.1
July 2013

In This Issue

Leadership Message  

Data Verification  

Welcome to Standards Century  

Annual Conference  


2013 Workshop Calendar  

From the President

Over the past two years, the standards, capacity, and organizational effectiveness
of ACICS have been reviewed by the two preeminent authorities on accreditation in
the United States: the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the
Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality
and Integrity (NACIQI). Both organizations have once again formally endorsed ACICS
as an authority on institutional quality and integrity.

ACICS recently received final notification from the senior Department official that
adopts the NACIQI recommendation and extends ACICS's recognition through 2016. NACIQI
periodically evaluates every recognized accreditor of post-secondary education in
the U.S., including those with authority over the most elite public and private
universities in the country, regional as well as national.

ACICS leadership harnessed re-recognition as the impetus to strengthen its program
of accreditation through higher standards, stronger reliability of performance data
and greater transparency. ACICS's re-recognition is a significant milestone, reflecting
not just the high standards and robust program of quality assurance, but the quality
and integrity of member institutions.

ACICS is committed to transparency and will continue to improve its accreditation
standards to ensure that member institutions offer quality education to their students.
The opportunities for improvement derived from the recognition cycle and identified
through a structured, methodical self-evaluation process will continue to guide
ACICS' standards, operations, and resources for the future.

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D. 


Confidence Through Verification of Performance Data

Professional, technical, or occupational education that leads to employment is a
key outcome of member institutions. The evaluation of quality by ACICS is carried
out with demonstrable fidelity to the intention of successful employment placement.
In turn, the veracity of placement data reflects directly on the credibility of
accreditation decisions.

The Council has authorized the formation of a placement verification program to
fortify the quality and reliability of information it uses to make accrediting decisions.
The program will consist of a team of specialists within ACICS tasked with adding
a new verification protocol to the site visit reviews that occur during the accreditation
renewal cycle. In general, the two layers of verification - one episodic, the other
quantitative and recurring - will significantly increase the confidence that placement
events have been reported correctly to ACICS.

ACICS's verification program will be applied to annual Campus Accountability Reports
as soon as reporting year 2013 on a trial and illustrative basis; the protocol will
be required beginning with the 2014 CAR submittals. View the April Memorandum to the Field
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New Monthly Periodical: The Standards Century

Beginning with this edition, ACICS has revived the commitment to monthly publication
of a journal of the salient issues, challenges, opportunities and personalities
that shape the community of education excellence to which we all belong. During
the 2012 Centennial year, it became apparent that lack of a complete historic archive
impedes the ability to mark significant milestones, develop a comprehensive narrative,
and share a legacy of excellence with a broader community.

"Standards Century" is intended to fill that void. Each month, the publication will
feature articles from leadership and membership, highlighting standards of excellence,
policies of excellence, and excellence in the programming and operation of independent
career colleges and schools. Submit articles about your institutions' anecdotes
of excellence to

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Learn, Connect and Refresh In Jacksonville, Florida

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee
on Higher Education and Workforce Training, will deliver keynote remarks to the
2013 ACICS Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Rep. Foxx is in her fifth
term and has served on the House Education and Workforce Committee for many years.
The conference will also feature great presenters, a golf tournament and spa day,
along with the popular Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting. View Registration and
Program Information

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New Employees Join ACICS

The agency has invited several new professionals to join the organization in recent
months, fortifying its ability to meet the strong demand for accreditation services
and quality review. They include:

Russie Allen, Accreditation Coordinator. Russie earned an MA in Management from
the University of Phoenix and comes to ACICS from the National Accreditation Commission
of Career Arts & Science.

Carlos Bennett, Electronic Document Management Assistant. Carlos attended Jackson
State University and has worked at Strayer University as an Admissions Officer.

Elizabeth Jackson, Accounting Assistant. Elizabeth holds a BA in Business Administration
from Newport Business College and has worked for eight years as a purchasing supervisor
and as a Financial Administrator for a business that assists homeless families find
daycare providers.

Cathy Kouko, Program Analyst. Cathy earned a BS in Hotel & Restaurant Management
from Alliant University and is currently undertaking an MBA in Project Management
from Grantham University. Previously, Cathy worked at the National Customs Brokers
& Forwarders Association of America.

Linda Lundburg, Program Analyst. Linda earned a BA in English with minors in Secondary
Education and Home Economics from Columbia Union College, a Master's degree from
Andrews University, and has completed doctoral work in Higher and Adult Education
from the University of Maryland. Linda has more than 40 years of experience in higher
education management.

Andre McDuffie, Administration Coordinator. He has a BA in Communications from State
University of New York at Geneseo.

Chinita Obi, Accreditation Coordinator. She holds a BA in English from Longwood
University, and an MSEd in Higher Education from Old Dominion University.

Deenah Owens, Accounting Assistant. Deenah attended Tesst Technology College.
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2013 Workshop Schedule (August-November)

August 28, 2013
ACICS Office

August 30, 2013
ACICS Office

October 8, 2013
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

October 24, 2013
Hilton Indianapolis
120 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

August 29, 2013
ACICS Office 

September 27, 2013

October 7, 2013
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106 
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