Standards Century Volume 2, No. 4

From the President


More than 300 members and guests joined ACICS for the 2014 Conference and Annual Meeting in New Orleans in early November. The workshops and presentations covered a wide array of topics, from the demographics of the post-secondary education population to gainful employment to placement verification and other current issues. To access the presentations directly, go to ACICS>Events/Workshops>Conference Presentations.

The annual event was also an opportunity for the leadership of ACICS to engage members directly in a face to face dialogue during the President's Town Hall. Several key issues were raised by members during the exchange of ideas:

  •  Does ACICS plan to require member institutions to track and report graduation rates? If so, for what purpose?
  •  How many of the numerous campus closings and voluntary withdrawals by ACICS institutions this past year reflect adverse action taken by the Council? What was the basis for those actions?
  •  What is ACICS doing to anticipate and respond to negative comparisons of national accreditation versus regional accreditation?
  •  What is the basis for the changes and reforms to requirements for institutional and campus effectiveness plans (CEPs)? Will there be more changes?
  •  Why does ACICS inadvertently penalize programs (through the calculation and reporting of retention rates) that lose students due to transfer to other programs on the same campus?

In coming editions of Standards Century, ACICS will respond to these issues one at a time for the benefit of all our members. The dialogue is healthy and important to an organization that is built on voluntary membership and self-governance. We appreciate the interest, the candor and the intensity.

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D.
President and CEO



 Photos from the 2014 Annual Conference    
Town Hall Albert GrayDr. Albert C. Gray, President and CEO, ACICS, (third from left) hosts an ACICS town hall meeting and responds to questions from representatives from member institutions.     


Joseph Town Hall Nov 2014Dr. Joseph E. Gurubatham, Senior Vice President of Accreditation and Institutional Development (standing center) responds to a question from a representative of a member institution during the ACICS town hall meeting
Chair of the Year 2014
Dr. Joyce Caton, (pictured in the background), received the award for Chair of the Year 2014. Dr. Ruth Shafer, Commissioner, (left) accepted the award on her behalf. Mr. John D. Euliano, Chair-elect, presided over the ceremony.    
   Evaluator of the Year 2014
Dr. Harpal Dhillon (left) receives the award for Evaluator of the Year 2014 from Ms. Jeanne Herrmann, Chair, ACICS Board of Directors  

1st Quarter 2015 Workshops

February 3, 2015

Deferral Workshop
Washington, DC 

March 5, 2015

Initial Accreditation Workshop,
Washington, DC 

March 6, 2015

Renewal Accreditation Workshop,
Washington, DC

All workshops are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
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