Warren, Bonamici Lead Colleagues Urging Accreditation Council to Protect Students and Taxpayers by Denying Recognition to Troubled For-Profit College Accreditor ACICS
Lawmakers Cite ACICS’s Troubling History of Failing to Protect Students and Taxpayers
Washington, DC — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), along with six of their Senate colleagues and seven of their House colleagues, sent a letter to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the association that coordinates the higher education accreditation process, urging them to deny recognition to the controversial for-profit college accreditor, Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), at an upcoming review in June 2019.
ACICS has a long and troubled history of overseeing and accrediting colleges and universities that have misled students, used aggressive recruitment practices, engaged in deceptive advertising, and broken the law. In particular, ACICS failed students through its continued accreditation of colleges owned by the now-defunct Education Corporation of America, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and ITT Educational Services, Inc., despite their history of poor performance.
“Repeatedly, ACICS disregarded clear warning signs, failed to act quickly enough to protect students and taxpayers, and continued a troubling pattern of failure that has played itself out over and over again as students and taxpayers suffer the consequences,” wrote the lawmakers. “When no one else will accredit a substantially underperforming, low-quality institution, ACICS is always there-ready to rubber stamp access to federal taxpayer dollars and put more students in harm’s way to keep failed schools in business.”