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Student Achievement Review

 Excerpted from the ACICS Accreditation Criteria:

2-1-809. Student Achievement Review. The Council reviews the Campus Accountability Report (CAR) to monitor performance in terms of student achievement at both the campus and program levels. Measures will include retention, placement, and licensure or certification examination pass rates, if applicable. When this review indicates that the achievement of an institution’s students is below benchmark, the Council will take action consistent with the guidelines outlined in Appendix L, Student Achievement Standards and Campus Accountability Reports.  


Appendix L - Student Achievement Standards and Campus Accountability Reports 

Student Achievement Standards

Student achievement standards outlined below apply to retention and placement rates at the campus and program levels, and licensure or certification examination pass rates, where applicable, at the program level. Minimum standards are intended to ensure that a substantial majority of students at ACICS-accredited campuses are retained, pass licensure or certification examinations where applicable, and find appropriate employment.

 

Campus-Level Student Achievement Elements              (Effective 2013 Reporting Year)

Standard

Benchmark*

Retention Rate

Placement Rate

60%

60%

70%

70%

Program-Level Student Achievement Elements

(Effective 2013 Reporting Year)

Standard

Benchmark*

Retention Rate

  • Program length equal to or less than one (1) year
  • Program length equal to or more than one (1) year

 

Placement Rate

Licensure Examination Pass Rates, where applicable**

 

60%

60%

 

60%

60%

 

70%

65%

 

70%

70%

*A campus and/or program whose rates fall below the Benchmark must develop and implement an Improvement Plan.

 

**Standards apply to programs for which licensure or certification is required to practice in the specific career field. The program is required to meet any higher licensure or certification agency standards.