Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether an institution is accredited?
The ACICS web site provides a current list of accredited institutions and also institutions that have submitted an initial application for ACICS accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education also has a web site with a list of accredited institutions and accrediting agencies

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation are to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.

How does an institution apply for ACICS Accreditation?
To review the details of the application process, please visit the Initial Accreditation Application Process page.

What are the financial requirements for Initial Applicants?
ACICS expects that institutions evidence financial stability as required in Section 3-1-203 of the Accreditation Criteria. Read more...

What criteria are used for the final review of financial stability for an Initial Grant?
The institution must meet ACICS requirements by submitting audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year. Read more...

How does an institution maintain ACICS accreditation?
Although receiving initial accreditation is a complex and daunting task which requires commitment to educational quality, once an institution has earned a grant of accreditation it must meet all of the additional requirements outlined in the Accreditation Criteria, Title II, Chapters 1 and 2. Read more...

What is Campus Effectiveness Planning?
Institutions are required to demonstrate their formal plans to continuously improve their educational, administrative, and student learning outcomes effectiveness. Read more...