Systematic Review of the Standards of Accreditation
The Commission is pleased to announce that it has engaged the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (“NCHEMS”) to undertake a Systematic Program of Review of the Standards of Accreditation.
NCHEMS will conduct a forthcoming survey of other accreditors and regulators, accredited institutions, faculty, current students, graduates, and employers representing the major occupations for which ACCSC-accredited institutions train students.
School Commissioner Election
February 13, 2015
Pursuant to Section 1.08 (b) and Section 2.07 of the ACCSC Bylaws, ACCSC will conduct an election beginning February 18, 2015 to fill the following four (4) School Commissioner seats:
- 2 Elected School Commissioners for a term to begin July 1, 2015 and to end June 30, 2019, and
- 2 Elected School Commissioners for a term to begin on July 1, 2015 and end on June 30, 2016
Upon the recommendation of the ACCSC Nominating Committee, the following individuals are slated as candidates for election as a School Commissioner.
- Julia Corona – Southeastern Colleges and Southeastern Institutes
- Mollie Hager – Central State Beauty and Wellness College
- Mary Kelly –StrataTech Education Group
- Alfred Medro – Platt College San Diego
- Marya Withers – Lincoln Educational Services
Please click here for additional candidate information and voting instructions.
Getting Accreditation Right
On December 17, 2014, Inside Higher Ed published an article entitled Getting Accreditation Right which features a Q & A with Linda Suskie, a former vice president of a regional accrediting agency and author of the book, Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability. In her book, Suskie provides a simple, straightforward model for understanding and meeting the calls for increased quality in higher education ever-present in today's culture.
Excerpts from the exchange between IHE and Suskie can be found here.
ACCSC Launches Online Training Center (OTC)
September 25, 2014
As announced to the ACCSC membership during the 2014 Professional Development Conference in Denver, Colorado, today, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) launched its newly developed Online Training Center (ACCSC-OTC), www.accsctraining.org.
Powered by MaxKnowledge, the ACCSC-OTC provides a variety of free resources as well as fee-based training courses that cover a myriad of compliance elements required by ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation. The ACCSC-OTC also offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for administrators, staff, and faculty of ACCSC-accredited institutions, including an interactive development tool to enable employees to plan, monitor, and document their professional development activities.
2014 Nominating Committee Election
August 29, 2014
ACCSC will be conducting an electronic election from September 5, 2014 through September 26, 2014 to fill two (2) vacant seats on the Nominating Committee which is charged with assisting the Commission in identifying potential candidates to fill any vacancy on the board. This year the Nominating Committee has two (2) vacant seats, one with a 2-year term and one with a 1-year term. The Commission is putting forth the following nominees for election by the membership to the Nominating Committee:
- Lorne Gauthier, Northwestern Technological Institute
- Alfred Medro, Platt College San Diego
- Lisa Zahodne, Specs Howard School of Media Arts
On September 5th, each ACCSC-accredited member institution will receive an email from ACCSC with a website link and login instructions to cast their vote.
- Click here to view the 2014 Nominating Committee Candidate Memo.
Focus on Member Services: The ACCSC Monograph Series
August 15, 2014
As part of ACCSC’s ongoing commitment to member services, the Commission has reissued The ACCSC Monograph Series which cover a diverse array of topics critical to institutional success and provide guidance on some of the more technical areas of ACCSC accreditation. The ACCSC Monograph Series are targeted to provide performance tools to not only help schools achieve and maintain accreditation with ACCSC, but also each topic in the series contributes a unique aspect of continuous improvement processes.
More information the ACCSC Monograph Series is available to ACCSC-accredited institutions by clicking here.
ACCSC Offers Comments on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
May 23, 2014
ACCSC continues to participate in the dialogue with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) as the Committee continues with its agenda to advise the Secretary of Education on accreditation policy and considers making recommendations for changes to the Higher Education Act.
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.