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Continued Agency Recognition for ACICS
9/29/2018 12:14:42 PM | News and Accreditation Alerts

Senior Department Official Recommends Continued Agency Recognition for ACICS



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Continued Recognition for ACICS
9/29/2018 12:07:05 PM | News and Accreditation Alerts

Senior Department Official Recommends Continued Agency Recognition for ACICS


ACICS Compliant with 19 of 21 Criteria with 12 Months to Demonstrate Compliance with Two Criteria

  

On September 28, the Senior Department Official (SDO) at the U.S. Department of Education released a detailed decision determining that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is in compliance with 19 of the 21 federal recognition criteria currently applicable to accrediting agencies (34 CFR Part 602). Furthermore, the SDO determined that "ACICS was likely in compliance with many of these criteria in 2016 at the time of the Secretary's Decision" in 2016 that revoked ACICS recognition. 


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Department of Education Further Extends Deadline
8/28/2018 04:22:14 PM | News and Accreditation Alerts

Department of Education Further Extends Deadline to Respond to ACICS Petition for Continued Recognition

On August 28, 2018 the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) received notification from the Department of Education that it seeks additional time to respond to ACICS's petition for continued recognition, citing “the voluminous nature of the records under review” in asking for the second extension.  The Department now has until September 28, 2018 to respond. The original deadline of July 30 was first extended to September 4, 2018.

ACICS continues to support the Department's efforts to take the time necessary to make a reasoned decision regarding ACICS's continued compliance with federal agency recognition criteria. In accordance with the April 3, 2018 order from the Secretary, ACICS continues to operate as a federally recognized agency.

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Department of Education Extends Deadline to Respond to ACICS Petition for Continued Recognition
7/30/2018 04:10:54 PM | News and Accreditation Alerts
Department of Education Extends Deadline to Respond to ACICS Petition for Continued Recognition
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Release of the 2018 Draft Staff Report
6/13/2018 06:07:38 PM | News and Accreditation Alerts

Statement from Michelle Edwards, President of ACICS on the Release of the 2018 Draft Staff Report 

Background:

 

In response to the recent release by the U.S. Department of Education of a March 2018 Draft Staff Report regarding ACICS recognition, it is important to understand that the Draft Staff Report was exactly that – a draft report – prepared as a preliminary review of an Initial Petition for recognition filed by ACICS in 2017. The draft report was not intended to, and did not, reach a final determination on whether ACICS was or was not compliant with any recognition criteria. Consistent with the traditional process at the Department, the Draft Staff Report represented the beginning of an iterative process between an accreditor and the Department, not the final conclusion.

 


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