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Call for Commissioner Nominations
September 9, 2015

ACCSC is seeking nominations of potential candidates for election to serve on the ACCSC Board of Directors as a Commissioner.  During this nomination cycle, the ACCSC Nominating Committee is charged with filling four (4) vacancies on the Commission to serve the following terms:

  • 2 elected School Commissioners each to serve a four-year term to begin July 1, 2016 and to end June 30, 2020; 
  • 1 appointed School Commissioner to serve a four-year term to begin on July 1, 2016 and to end on June 30, 2020; and 
  • 1 appointed Public Commissioner to serve a four-year term to begin July 1, 2016 and to end June 30, 2020.

Click here to download the 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 representing 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.

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.