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BREAKING: ED Dept advisory group recommends pulling ACICS’ federal recognition – Higher Ed Dive

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Dive Brief:

  • 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.

Dive Insight:
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.

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