BREAKING: ED Dept advisory group recommends pulling ACICS’ federal recognition – Higher Ed Dive
- The U.S. Department of Education’s accreditation advisory group voted in favor of agency staff’s recommendation to terminate the recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
- The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity’s recommendation to terminate recognition will be handed off to a senior department official, who will make the final decision. Eleven committee members voted in favor of pulling recognition and one member voted against.
- The embattled accreditor of for-profit colleges pushed back on the findings that formed the basis of the recommendation and said it has made several changes to its oversight process.
The merits of ACICS’ federal recognition have been publicly debated since 2016, when the Obama administration pulled it following the collapse of two large for-profit college chains it oversaw. The Trump administration reinstated its approval of the accreditor in 2018.