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ACCSC's Executive Director Testifies in Congress on Role of Accreditation
June 13, 2013

With an increase in Congressional interest in ensuring the strength of accreditation as a gatekeeper to Title IV funds, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training hosted a hearing on June 13, 2013 entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality Through Accreditation” which provided members of the Subcommittee with an opportunity to explore a variety of proposals to strengthen accreditation and its gatekeeping role, as well as to discuss alternative models. At the behest of the subcommittee, ACCSC’s Executive Director, Dr. Michale McComis, accepted an invitation to provide testimony at the hearing.

Please note the full press release includes links to Dr. McComis' Testimony, the opening statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx, Subcommittee Chair, and a link to the webcast of the hearing.


School Commissioner Election Results
April 2, 2013

ACCSC is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 School Commissioner Election. The ACCSC membership has elected the following three individuals from ACCSC-accredited institutions to serve as a School Commissioner:

  • Duane Kramer – Universal Technical Institute
  • Valerie Njie – Bidwell Training Center
  • Michael Pugliese – Platt College

Duane Kramer and Valerie Njie have each been elected to a four year-term beginning on July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2017, while Michael Pugliese has been elected to fill a vacant School Commissioner seat with a one-year term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. Duane, Valerie, and Michael will join Elizabeth Hawthorne who was recently appointed by the Commission to serve as a Public Commissioner beginning on July 1, 2013.


Public Commissioner Appointment
February 15, 2013

ACCSC is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne, Ph.D. has been appointed by ACCSC to serve as a Public Commissioner for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2017.

Please join ACCSC in congratulating Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne on her appointment to the Commission.



ACCSC Issues Comments Concerning the NACIQI Draft Report on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
March 16, 2012
ACCSC issues comments to NACIQI about what is working and what can be improved in the current system of accreditation and its role as a gatekeeper to federal student financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

ACCSC Announces Nominating Committee Election Results
September 9, 2011
The Commission is pleased to announce that Tim McMahon of Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been elected by the ACCSC membership to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee.

ACCSC Earns NACIQI Recommendation for Re-recognition

June 10, 2011
At its June 2011 meeting, the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which is charged with advising the United States 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.

National Accreditation Community Expresses Uniform Opposition to Proposed ACOTE Eligibility Requirements

April 28, 2011
ACCSC, along with representative agencies of the national accreditation community, issue a response to the Call for Comment issued by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

ACCSC Joins Higher Education Community’s Request for Congressional Assistance to Block U.S. Department of Education Regulations
April 26, 2011
ACCSC, along with 70 other higher education associations and organizations, wrote to Congressional leaders asking to block the regulations creating a federal definition of a credit hour, as well as the state authorization and related distance education requirements.

ACCSC Membership Elects School Commissioners; Commission Appoints Public Commissioner
March 4, 2011
ACCSC is pleased to announce that Mr. John Carreon of Kaplan Higher Education and Dr. Joel English of Centura College have been elected by the ACCSC membership to serve as School Commissioners. Additionally, the Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Heideman as a Public Commissioner.

ACCSC Joins Higher Education Community in Expressing Concern over State Authorization Regulations
March 2, 2011
ACCSC, along with 60 other higher education associations and accrediting organizations, write to the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to express serious concerns regarding the state authorization regulations.

ACCSC Urges U.S. Department of Education to Withdraw Rule on Credit Hours
February 16, 2011
ACCSC, along with 70 higher education associations and accrediting organizations issue a letter to the United States Secretary of Education expressing grave concern regarding the creation of a federal definition of a credit hour.


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