Standards Century Volume 1, No.4

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 1, No.4
October 2013

In This Issue

Leadership Message
Commissioner Election  
Annual Conference
HEA Reauthorization
Student News  

From the President

With only days to go before ACICS institutions submit their annual reports of institutional effectiveness and financial stability, it is important to acknowledge that never have the expectations been so high, or the opportunities so direct. Submission of the annual Campus Accountability Report (CAR) by November 1 and the audited Annual Financial Report (AFR) (six months after fiscal year close) provides the Council the opportunity to review and consider the performance and financial challenges facing our colleges and schools in the current environment. Many aspects of the annual reporting requirement have become more complex, while the benchmarks of excellence have been ratcheted upward.

Important information about the 2013 CAR is available at The reminder highlights the key changes from previous CAR submissions and clarifies the mechanics and expectations. Look for more information in the coming weeks about the process and timeframes for review of the 2013 CAR data. 

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D. 

Rivera, Blake, Balogh, and Wilson to Join Council in 2014   

Julie Blake of Eagle Gate College of Utah and Miguel Rivera of Dewey University of Puerto Rico have won election to the Council beginning January 2014. Both will serve a five-year term. They join Dr. Seth Balogh of Bryan College, and Beth Wilson of Corinthian Colleges Inc. who were appointed to five-year terms that begin in January, and LaShondra Peebles and Dr. Dennis Trinkle, who were appointed recently to fulfill unexpired terms. For more information about the six new commissioners joining ACICS, click here.

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Last Chance: Register Now for 2013 Annual Conference and Business Meeting

"Learn, Connect, Refresh," the 2013 Conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Jacksonville is only days away. Register now to join more than 250 of your colleagues and friends for insightful workshops, inspiring keynote speakers and incredible opportunities for sun, fun and relaxation. Make your reservation now at 

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 Continuing to Inform HEA Policy 

The latest in a new series of whitepapers that inventory key challenges facing the quality assurance of career colleges and schools has been published. The new essay, entitled "Empirical Evidence of Quality through Student Unit Records," describes the advantages to the quality assurance process of having access to student unit record data. "Empirical Evidence..." is available at  
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 ACICS Welcomes New Staff 
ACICS is pleased to welcome two Accreditation Coordinators.
Frenika Desiree Rivers
Frenika holds a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and an undergraduate degree in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Her most recent position is that of an Executive Assistant to the Dean, Wesley Theological Seminary.

Jan A. Shelton
Jan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia. Most recently she has served as an Admissions Representative for Westwood College, Arlington, Virginia. 
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 Students in the News
Standards Century features 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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