Last week the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, remanded the prior Secretary of Education’s decision to revoke the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and schools’ (ACICS’s) recognition as an accrediting agency, effective December 12, 2016. Until Secretary DeVos can review over 30,000 pages of information previously submitted, the accrediting agency will operate as a recognized accrediting agency.
ACICS is a nonprofit education corporation that was established in 1912 and has accredited 245 institutions of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate diplomas and degrees in both traditional formats and through distance education.
ACICS now has until May 30, 2018 to provide additional information as they determine necessary for their review. Secretary DeVos makes clear that the information will be reviewed and responded to by the Senior Department Official (SDO) in writing – but no later than May 30, 2018.
Our good friends at CSPEN believe that the accreditation clock has been turned back to when ACICS was recognized as an accrediting agency and that all ACICS-accredited institutions are eligible to administer Federal Student Financial Assistance until the Secretary makes a final determination.
For more information, check out ACICS’ message to their schools.