Standards Century Volume 3, No.3

From the President

The scrutiny and criticism of private, independent colleges and schools involves a wide array of issues raised by a cross-section of stakeholders; more often than not the essence of the issue is the relative quality and integrity of the institutions. When quality and integrity are center-stage, the defense of the ACICS program of accreditation, including standards, depth and frequency of reviews, sanctions, and other acts of remediation, is also in the spotlight. Responding effectively to that opportunity to communicate is a top priority for the Council.

Specifically, members have asked what ACICS is doing to anticipate and respond to negative comparisons of national accreditation versus regional accreditation. The answer is multi-faceted. It includes a robust program of external relations and outreach, focused on face-to-face encounters with policy forums where source of accreditation is under debate. It requires greater intensity and frequency of communications with mass audiences, a strategic investment ACICS is undertaking in 2015.

But most of all, defending the quality of ACICS accreditation requires the collection and curation of evidence - anecdotal as well as quantitative - that demonstrates the value of the education provided to students. Council and ACICS leadership take the lead in the first two activities, executing external relations and communications programs. All member institutions, however, play an important and direct role in collecting evidence of student value and student success. That evidence constitutes the most potent and compelling information that can be shared widely, and afford an effective response to questions about source of accreditation.

Albert C. Gray, President and CEO



Student Survey: Credit Transfer Experience

As part of a collaborative research project with the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), ACICS is soliciting participation by students regarding their experience in transferring credit to or from a nationally accredited college or school. The results of the survey, along with information collected directly from institutions, will constitute a report designed to inform the policy discussion surrounding credit transfer between colleges and universities in the U.S. Barriers to credit transfer are complex; oversight authorities, state policy makers, and appropriators of student aid have indicated an interest in lowering the barriers.

Students with credit transfer experience will receive an invitation to participate in the on-line survey directly from their institution; or they can access the survey directly by clicking on The report will be shared with member institutions and policy makers later this spring.


"Fundamentals for New Members Workshop"
at 2015 Annual Conference

Join us at the 2015 ACICS Annual Conference and Business Meeting May 27-29 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In addition to all the benefits of the Conference, ACICS has added a bonus for new members. With paid registration for the conference you are invited to attend a special free workshop, ACICS Fundamentals for New Members. The workshop will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 27th. Topics covered will provide guidance and clarity on the fundamentals of maintaining compliance once initial accreditation has been awarded. Sessions include technical and annual reporting requirements, managing institutional change and growth, institutionalizing compliance, partnering with ACICS, and information on accessing Federal financial aid.

This workshop is open only to initial grant awardees and their personnel. To register for this workshop, please contact Ms. Perliter Walters-Gilliam ( after confirmation of paid registration to the Annual Conference.




May 13 | Seattle

May 27 | Las Vegas
July 28 | Boca Raton

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 to register.

Details and Registration Information