Standards Century Volume 2, No. 1

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 2, No.1
July 2014 

In This Issue

Leadership Message

New Council Member

IT Update

Changes to Applications

2014 Workshop Calendar  

From the President

The emphasis on, and scrutiny of, institutional effectiveness in terms of student outcomes has never been greater, and the stakes are getting higher. ACICS recognizes the challenges and the opportunities for member institutions to demonstrate quality and effectiveness that will withstand intensive scrutiny and review. To that end, ACICS is taking the next step in developing an additional quality assurance process regarding verification of placement rates. Starting this month, selected member institutions will be participating in a beta test of the new quality assurance protocol; the results of the test will be applied to the final design of the ACICS Placement Verification Program. (For more details, click here)

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D. 

William L. Atkinson Named to Council  
William L. Atkinson, a veteran ACICS evaluator and student relations expert, has been appointed to serve on the Council and Board of Directors representing member institutions. Mr. Atkinson has more than 20 years of experience in the private, independent college sector. He is currently the executive director of Florida Technical College in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His term lasts through December 2018. His fellow commissioners and ACICS staff welcome Mr. Atkinson to the Council and look forward to working with him. 
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Transforming ACICS' IT Platform
Work was begun in earnest on a multi-phase, multi-year project to improve the end-user experience for ACICS member institutions, and to enhance the reliability and flexibility of the technology platform that supports many vital aspects of the accreditation enterprise.

"This major commitment to new technology and better user interfaces is important to the viability and responsiveness of the quality assurance enterprise," said Albert Gray, president and CEO. "The project will improve efficiency, enhance the end-user experience and establish a system that ACICS can more easily maintain, scale and append." (Read More...
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New Applications for Institutional Changes
In order to better serve member institutions with efficient and effective responses to institutional changes, ACICS has developed new applications to be used beginning July 2014. The applications are for the following changes: Change of Institutional Mission Statement; Learning Site Application; Program Start Date Extension Request; Program Termination; and Report of a Campus Closing. The applications and instructions for completing and uploading can be found on our website under Applications and Forms
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Globe University Students Reach Out to Bone Marrow Donors 
Service to the community by ACICS member institutions is inspiring. Students in the Medical Assistant program at Globe University - Green Bay recently completed a successful drive to increase the supply of blood and bone marrow donors in their community. The "Be the Match" donor program touched other students, staff and the community in an effort to develop the life-saving resource of donated blood and bone marrow.

The drive produced 21 donors who enlisted in the bone marrow registry, 12 donor kits were sent home and more than $400 was raised for "Be the Match."

Christina Palomo, a Globe University medical assistant student, said, "The whole thing was really fun and brought our group together for a great cause. I was really glad I did it and we accomplished so much." 
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Excerpts from Gaston Book on Accreditation
In a review by EdCentral's Ben Miller of the new book by Paul Gaston, "Higher Education Accreditation: How It's Changing, Why It Must," the author is asked why recent efforts by accrediting bodies to innovate and streamline have not gotten much attention in federal policy circles. Gaston replies:
"Higher education accreditation remains inscrutable because of a perplexing and unnecessary variability in standards, protocols, and actions. And few accreditors have made a priority of communicating to the public more clearly. While working to define and clarify their considerable common ground, accreditors should collaborate on a communications strategy to tell their good story more effectively."
Read the entire review here

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New Employees 
Ravi Chea, Administration Specialist. Ravi received her BA from the University of Richmond for Political Science. 

Katy Fisher, Manager, Accounting / Institutional Finance. Katy received her BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland, University College. She joins ACICS from Stokes & Company, PC where she participated in ACICS' annual audit for the last 5 years. 

Mary Mendenhall, Accreditation Coordinator. Mary received her BA from Colorado College in Political Science. She joins ACICS from the United States Department of State, Public Affairs Office as their EducationUSA Advisor. 

Kathleen Morrison, Communications Assistant. Kathleen earned her BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Terrell Pinkston, EDM Assistant. Terrell joins ACICS from Patton Boggs, LLP where he worked as their Records Assistant. 
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Workshop Schedule
The next accreditation renewal workshops will be the last week in July at the Florida state association conference in Aventura, Florida. For more workshop and registration information, go to Events/Workshops
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SAVE THE DATE: November 3-5, 2014
The 2014 ACICS Conference and Annual Meeting will be November 3, 4 and 5 at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street. Save the date and watch for more details in the coming months.
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