Arlington, VA – Today’s announcement that Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten has terminated the U.S. Department of Education’s recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency comes as no surprise to those that have been watching ACICS’s petition before the Department.
“This decision will have no impact on 99% of for-profit institutions, and thus should not be interpreted as a rebuke of the for-profit college sector,” said CECU’s President and CEO, Dr. Jason Altmire. “We applaud the Department for extending federal student aid eligibility to ACICS-accredited institutions for 18 months so that those institutions have time to find a new accreditor. Now, the higher education community must work together to prevent students at ACICS-accredited schools from being adversely impacted by today’s decision.”
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