Standards Century Volume 1, No.3

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 1, No.3
September 2013

In This Issue

Leadership Message
Commissioner Election  
HEA Reauthorization
Annual Conference
Workshop Calendar  

From the President

The challenge of meeting the expectations of the Council and the community about the effectiveness of ACICS-accredited institutions remains a top priority. Whether the college or school has just received a new grant, is in the middle of the accreditation cycle or is preparing for a comprehensive site visit, institutional effectiveness as measured by the submission of required, annual performance data drives periodic evaluation by the Council, and shapes the credibility and value of colleges and schools with the broader community.

The 2013 annual Campus Accountability Report (CAR) submittal is a moment to demonstrate compliance or excellence in supporting student success. It also represents an opportunity to not only convey numeric measures of school performance, but also provide the Council all of the information it needs to make informed decisions about how the institution is performing and what leadership is doing to correct any performance issues. Narratives and evidence that explain any mitigating circumstances contributing to performance issues should be prepared now and submitted by November 1, along with the numeric CAR data. And be sure to attend the session on CAR/Placement at the ACICS Annual Conference.

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D. 


Commissioner Election Set

The expiration of terms for two commissioners at the end of this year creates openings for new representation on the Council by member colleges and schools. An on-line election to fill the slots is scheduled for October 14 through October 18, 2013. Candidates for the two, five-year terms are Julie Blake, Eagle Gate College vs. Monica Foote, Long Island Business Institute, for one school member seat, and Gladys Flecha, Humacao Community College, vs. Miguel Rivera, Dewey University, for the second school member seat. Only designated delegates of member institutions are eligible to cast ballots. More information about the election is posted on the ACICS Web site.  
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Continuing to Inform Debate Over HEA Reauthorization

The latest in a new series of whitepapers that inventory key challenges facing quality assurance as applied to career colleges and schools has been published on the ACICS website. The new whitepaper, entitled "How Effective Accreditation Supports Innovation in Postsecondary Education," describes the capacity for effective accreditation to facilitate and encourage innovation in post-secondary education, including methods of instructional delivery as well as administrative support and institutional resources. Read the entire paper.  

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Registration Fee Reduced for Annual Conference

ACICS has reduced the registration fee for the 2013 Annual Conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Jacksonville, Florida to $650 (hotel not included). The new fee applies to all registrations. "On behalf of the ACICS Board, I am pleased that we can offer a lower registration fee to help our colleges and schools," said Al Gray, President. "The 2013 Conference is filled with substantial workshops, topical guest speakers and the opportunity to meet other leaders and professionals in the career education sector. We encourage all member institutions to consider participating in this important conference." Individuals who registered at the higher rates automatically will receive refunds for the difference directly from ACICS; no request for refunds is required. 
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Information Technology VP Hired

ACICS has hired Steven Gelfound as Vice President of Information Technology. Previously, he served as program manager for Intelligent Decisions, an IT company serving the administrative offices of the U.S. Courts based in Washington, D.C, and, as a senior transition manager for Symantec. His higher education is from the University of Delaware and the University of Phoenix. "This is a new position for ACICS and reflects a strategic investment in technology to better support the program of quality assurance and the needs of our members," said Al Gray, President. 

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2013 Workshop Schedule (September-November)

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

November 6, 2013
Marriott Sawgrass Resort
1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 

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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