Organizational Structure

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is organized as a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.


The Council is composed of fifteen commissioners, each of whom must be either elected by the membership or appointed by the Council. Each commissioner is a member of the Board of Directors, and in this capacity they oversee both the administrative and corporate activities of the Council. See List of Commissioners.



The Council is subdivided into three committees for the purpose of reviewing materials for initial or continuing accreditation. These committees are equally comprised of commissioners with various credentials, so that every committee can review applications at each level (certificate/ diploma, occupational associate, academic associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees). Appointed commissioners may be representatives from within education – member institutions, other institutions of higher education, or education-related government agencies – or from the general public, representing industry, business, or the professions. Elected commissioners represent member institutions. A minimum number of commissioners, including at least one member of the Board of Directors, must be from the public.



The daily operations of ACICS are conducted by the dedicated staff in Washington, DC.

Campus Development: Site visits, Programs, Institutional support, Initial applications, Distance education, Program modifications, Substantive changes, Closures/teach-outs, Complaints/adverse, Show cause, Hearings

Regulatory Affairs: State and national regulatory, legislative, and policy issues

Finance and Administration: Finance, purchasing, accounting systems, budget, investments, financial review, human resources, facilities and records mgmt., office support, staff training, events, receptions and hospitality 

Policy and Accreditation Systems: Evaluators, Publications, Systems, Database, IT, Web site, Council, Workshops and Events, External training, Research/analysis, Criteria, AIR, AFR, IEP, Policy, Waivers, Change of ownership
See List of Staff