Be Sure It Is The Real ACICS

U.S.-based quality assurance of colleges and schools is highly valued by institutions around the world; unfortunately the demand creates opportunities for mischief, and that can lead to students and institutions making decisions about accreditation that are based on falsehoods.

Recently, ACICS encountered a foreign-based website mimicking the identity, content, and structure of The offending entity has been identified and directed to remove its unauthorized content from the internet. In the meantime, here are a few considerations to apply when investigating sources of accreditation:

  1. All U.S.-based accreditors that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation are listed on the websites of those two agencies. The official listing provides contact information, including location and address of the agency. Make sure the information disclosed on the accreditor’s website matches that which is disclosed on the Department’s and CHEA’s websites.
  2.  All bona fide U.S.-based accrediting entities have websites that use the “ORG” domain suffix. None utilize domain names ending in “US.”
  3.  Guidance about accreditation and institutional fraud can be found at or
  4.  For a summary of the issues, please review the material from USNEI, the Department’s International Affairs Office.