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ACCSC Earns Recognition from ARRT
February 19, 2016

On January 26, 2016, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) informed ACCSC that it had successfully earned recognition as an ARRT-recognized institutional accreditor. By earning this recognition, students who successfully complete a radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, or sonography educational program from an ACCSC-accredited institution are eligible to pursue certification and registration.

School Commissioner Election Announcement
February 12, 2016

Beginning on February 25, 2016 and ending on March 11, 2016, ACCSC will conduct an election to fill two (2) School Commissioners vacancies.  The following individuals are slated as candidates for election as a School Commissioner.  

  • Mary Kelly –StrataTech Education Group
  • Alfred Medro – Platt College San Diego 
  • Patricia Thomas Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Art Waller – Vista College

Upon conclusion of the voting period, the two (2) candidates receiving the most votes will be considered elected as ACCSC School Commissioners.

Click here to download the election instructions and each candidate's nomination packet.

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 repre

senting the major occupations for which ACCSC-accredited institutions train students.

 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.

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.