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Accreditation Alerts

The ACCSC Accreditation Alert provides notice regarding the final adoption and promulgation of revisions to the Standards of Accreditation, or in some cases provides interpretative guidance pertaining to the Commission's rules and standards.

The Commission has the authority and responsibility to establish and promulgate criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of private career schools and colleges. These criteria take the form of the Standards of Accreditation, which are under continuing review.

Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation are made by the Commission as appropriate and required, and are announced via the ACCSC Accreditation Alert.

  • When rules or standards are revised and adopted, the Commission sets the date the revisions will become effective, providing a reasonable time for school compliance, announces adopted standards, and takes the action necessary for their implementation.

  • The effective date and procedures for implementation, if required, are included in the announcement.

November 2, 2015 Accreditation Alert

ACCSC is please to announce a new annual SkillsUSA scholarship established by the Commission to help students enrolled in a SkillsUSA program to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). It is the Commission's hope that this scholarship will help encourage more schools to join SkillsUSA for the benefit of students as well as faculty, staff, and their vocational communities.

July 1, 2015 Accreditation  Alert

Part I – Substantive Revisions: The following sections have had substantive revisions based upon the May 29, 2014 Call for Comment and December 19, 2014 Call for Comment:
  • Section VII (G)(1&2), Rules of Process and Procedure, Standards of Accreditation – Term of Accreditation Extended
  • Section VII (B), Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation – Licensure/Certification Exam Required Pass Rate

Part II - Non-Substantive Revisions: The following sections have had non-substantive clarifying revisions:

Chapter 1 – Rules of Process and Procedure, Standards of Accreditation:

  • Section I (B)(3)(e)
  • Section I (E)(1)
  • Section I (I)
  • Section IV (E)(2)(j) & (E)(5)(a)(vii)
  • Section V (A)(4)
  • Section VII (K)(1) & (L)(1)
  • Section VII (D)(5)

Chapter 2 – Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation:

  • Section I (D)(4-5 & 9)
  • Section II (A)(2)
  • Section IV (A)(15)
  • Section IV (B)(1)
  • Section IV (C)(4)(c)
  • Enrollment Agreement Checklist

Part III – Accreditation Fee Revisions: 

In addition to the revisions above, the Commission has increased some user fees as set forth under Appendix I – Accreditation Fees, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation.

PART IV – New Upload School Submission Center

For additional information related to this Accreditation Alert, please contact Michale S. McComis, Ed.D., Executive Director, at 703.247.4520 or via email.