History of ACCSC
ACCSC was founded in 1965 as the Accrediting Commission of the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS). In 1967, the Commission received recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as a non-profit, independent accrediting agency which confirmed the Commission’s status as a reliable authority for the establishment of educational standards. In 1990, the name changed to the Accrediting Commission of Trade and Technical Schools (ACTTS) a part of the Career College Association and in 1993, the Accreditation Commission separated from the trade association unit creating a new wholly independent organization – the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). In October 2009, ACCSCT changed its name again to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). In 2014, ACCSC earned recognition from the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
Recognition by the U.S. Department of Education
At its June 2011 meeting, the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which is charged with advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on accreditation matters, voted to recommend that ACCSC’s recognition as a reliable authority on quality education be continued for five years, the maximum timeframe allowed under the federal guidelines. ACCSC was one of only two accrediting agencies on NACIQI’s June 2011 agenda to earn the committee’s recommendation for a full five-year term with no additional reporting required.
ACCSC’s scope of recognition with the U.S. Department of Education includes the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions, including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education.