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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.


July 1, 2014

Announcements

  • Call for Nominations – ACCSC Commissioners
  • Bylaws Revision Election Results

Revisions
The Commission has republished the Standards of Accreditation which is now dated July 1, 2014 and replaces the April 15, 2012 version. The July 1, 2014 Standards of Accreditation also include additional guidance or revisions in the following areas:

  • Rules of Process and Procedure, Standards of Accreditation
    • September 27, 2013 Call for Comment
    • Distance Education Facility
    • Commission Actions
    • Substantive Change Rules
    • Voluntary Closure Notification
  • Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation
    • September 27, 2013 Call for Comment
    • Distance Education Facility
    • Student Achievement Rates – Appendix VI
    • Section IV (C)((3) – Disclosures (from the March 18, 2014 Accreditation Alert)
    • Guidelines for Employment Classification VII
    • Faculty Grandfathering – Formerly Appendix IV
    • Instructions for Arbitration

The July 1, 2014 Standards of Accreditation includes promulgated changes and interpretive guidance from the June 29, 2012; October 25, 2012; March 1, 2013; July 1, 2013; and March 18, 2014 Accreditation Alerts. 

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


March 18, 2014

Announcements:

  • New Commissioners – Appointments and Election Result
  • ACCSC New Student Letter – Now Available for Download
  • Notice from the Federal Trade Commission: Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools.

Revisions:

The Commission has issued guidance or made revisions to the Standards of Accreditation in the following areas:

  • Section X, Rules of Process and Procedure, Standards of Accreditation – Notification, and Information Sharing
  • Section IV (C), Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation – Student Recruitment, Advertising, and Disclosures


July 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert

Announcements

  • Reminder – Stay Connected to ACCSC Through Social Media
  • Reminder – ACCSC Graduate Letter Available for Download
  • Registration Open for the 7th Annual ACCSC Professional Development Conference
  • Call for Nominations for Nominating Committee Members
  • New Policy – Independent Third-Party Employment Verification

Revisions and Guidance

  • Appendix I – Accreditation Fees, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation
  • Appendix II – Application, Reports, and Forms, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation: Instructions for the Preparation and Submission of Financial Statements and related Information.



March 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert

Announcements

  • School Commissioner Election

Revisions and Guidance

  • Rules of Process and Procedures:  Removal of the Term Private
  • Bylaws Revisions



October 25, 2012 Accreditation Alert

Announcements

  • Urgent Reminder - Call for Commissioner Nominations

Revisions and Guidance

  • Section V(A)(4)(a-b), Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation - Admissions Documentation
  • Section IV(D)(9), Rules of Process and Procedure, Standards of Accreditation - Effect of Substantive Changes
  • Appendix IV, Faculty Qualification Provisions, Standards of Accreditation - Faculty Grandfathering Provision

June 29, 2012 Accreditation Alert

Announcements

  • New Website and Social Media Outreach
  • ACCSC Graduation Letter - Now Available for Download
  • Information Webinar Scheduled for July 17, 2012

REVISIONS

  • Catalog Checklist, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation
  • Appendix VII - Student Achievement Rates, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation

April 13, 2012 Accreditation Alert

  • Section II (A)(2) & (B), Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation – Definition of a Credit Hour

  • Section I & IV, Rules of Process and Procedure, and Section II, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation – Continuing Education / Avocational Courses and Secondary Educational Objectives

  • Revision to Section IV, Rules of Process and Procedures, Standards of Accreditation – Change of Ownership

  • Section V (A)(6&7), Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation - Admissions Policies and Practices

  • Section VI, Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation – Student Services

  • Appendix VIII – Substantive Standards, Standards of Accreditation - Guidelines for Employment Classification

  • Conforming amendments and clarification revisions to the Rules of Process and Procedures.


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