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Standards Century Volume 3, No.2

From the President

Various forces - some policy-driven, others based on economic factors - have placed strong expectations and high performance thresholds on ACICS's private, independent colleges and schools during the last several years. One of the manifestations of those forces is a growing list of institutions that have terminated their relationship with ACICS. Those terminations take several different forms, including institutions that have closed, institutions that have voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation, and those that have lost their accreditation due to actions by the Council.

Members inquired during the 2014 Annual Town Hall about why the list is so long and why it appears at www.acics.org.

A common thread among all of the institutions is a need to make fundamental changes in operations in order to remain compliant with standards of quality. In some cases, institutions voluntarily withdraw their accreditation to avoid an imposed sanction by the Council; in other cases, voluntary withdrawal is a housekeeping event triggered by the institution's decision to seek quality review from another source. Sometimes the termination of accreditation is directly related to the school's financial situation; once the institution ceases to serve enrolled students, the grant of accreditation is withdrawn according to the ACICS Accreditation Criteria.

The list is disclosed to the public in the spirit of transparency and accountability. The information is also required by the entities that provide ACICS its authority to review quality. Making information available, in a timely and accurate way, about the status of an institution's accreditation serves the broader public purpose of preserving confidence in higher education.

Albert C. Gray, President and CEO

 

Title IV Accountability:
Outreach to Puerto Rico Institutions

Serving students effectively while fulfilling obligations as a fiduciary of public resources is a substantial responsibility of independent colleges and schools that participate in Title IV student financial aid programs. Nearly 100 individuals from ACICS institutions who attended special workshops in San Juan in late February learned more about the depth and breadth of expectations attached to Title IV funding. The presenters were Agent Robert Wolfe of the US Department of Education's Office of Inspector General and Michael Hays, Cooley LLP, an attorney specializing in higher education compliance issues. In addition, member institutions learned more about the enhancements and innovations to the ACICS program of review for institutional effectiveness planning from Dr. Joseph Gurubatham, Senior Vice President for Accreditation and Institutional Development; and Ms. Perliter Walters-Gilliam, Senior Manager of Quality Enhancement. For more about institutional effectiveness planning, contact Ms. Walters-Gilliam at PWGilliam@acics.org

 

ARRT Recognizes ACICS

ACICS received formal recognition as an acceptable institutional accreditor from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) by demonstrating that its program of quality assurance ensures that member institutions have the capacity to produce radiologic technologist (RT) graduates worthy of ARRT professional certification and registration. The good news is important for colleges and schools offering programs in radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, sonography, or magnetic resonance imaging.

ARRT is the world's largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. For more information see www.arrt.org.

 

Welcome Niana Moore

Niana Moore has joined ACICS as a receptionist and communications assistant. She earned a degree in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. During college she studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, and expanded her interest in the management of design with several internships with galleries and design studios. 

 

Sanders to Keynote Conference

Come join internet pioneer and author Tim Sanders at the 2015 ACICS Annual Conference May 27-29 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Sanders advises Fortune 500 executives on leadership, marketing, and new media strategies to grow their business. He served as Chief Solutions Officer and Leadership Coach at Yahoo. He has consulted with dozens of companies involved in business to business, government, and consumer industries.

 

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

DEFERRALS
June 12
ACICS Offices in Washington, D.C.

INITIAL ACCREDITATION
March 5
ACICS Offices
May 13
Seattle

RENEWAL OF ACCREDITATION
May 27
Las Vegas
July 28
Boca Raton

 
RETENTION & PLACEMENT
May 8
ACICS Offices
June 11
ACICS Offices
All workshops are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Go to www.ACICS.org/events to register.

Details and Registration Information