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Standards Century Volume 3, No.9

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 3, No.9
October/November 2015


 

From the President

Ensuring a quality education experience for students enrolled at member institutions begins with considerations of the enrollment decision. Given the wide array of choices available to students in the U.S. and in many developed international locales, the quality and reliability of information that supports enrollment decisions deserves emphasis and review.

ACICS has strengthened its review of institutional disclosures of effectiveness, including student achievement information such as graduation, placement and retention rates. A key element of that review is the on-line student achievement disclosure outreach now underway. The websites of member institutions are being selected at random and analyzed for their alignment with best practices and commonly available public information. The details of the review were announced during the AWARE Webinar in October.

Another key element of the on-line review is the direct link between the ACICS directory of institutions and the student achievement landing page (URL) of the member institution. ACICS notified all institutions of the requirement that the web address embedded in the ACICS directory information directly link to effectiveness disclosures by November 20. While many institutions responded to the requirement, many have yet to update and provide the appropriate field in their Member Center data record. A third category of institutions have no demonstrable disclosures of effectiveness or student achievement via a public medium, in conflict with ACICS Criteria Section 3-1-704.

The achievement of accreditation by recognized accreditors is no longer sufficient for an institution to appropriately inform students making enrollment decisions; the next level of detail - including information that was part of the basis for the accrediting decision - must now be shared with the public.

 

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


 

Responding to the CFPB

As shared with member institutions in September, ACICS has been served with a Civil Investigative Demand by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) requesting information about individuals who participated in the site review of many member institutions during the last few years, and other matters. ACICS has resisted the CID and is currently preparing information for federal district court regarding why the CID should be set aside. Member institutions and the volunteers they provide for the assurance of quality are respected and valuable resources to ACICS and the Council, itself comprised of volunteers. ACICS will continue to defend the integrity and professionalism of its evaluators, team chairs, intermediate reviewers, and commissioners in court, before the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. Look for more updates on this issue in the coming weeks.. 

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New Members to the Council

Through appointments and the election in September ACICS welcomes four new members to the Council. They include Dr. Adriene Hobdy, Dr. Fardad Fateri, Mr. Jay Fund and Mr. Richard Bennett. Please welcome them to the Council.
 

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Save the Date: 2016 Conference in Ft. Worth

The ACICS Annual Conference & Business Meeting is set for May 11 - 13, 2016 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Ft. Worth, Texas. If you are interested in being a conference exhibitor, please contact Jeanine Ford at jford@acics.org.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Initial Accreditation Workshop
March 3, 2016
ACICS Office

Renewal Accreditation Workshop
March 4, 2016
ACICS Office