By 1921, the membership of the NAACS had grown to 228 members, and the main issue was internal communication. This problem was solved by the Accredited News, the NAACS newsletter. The first Member Conference of the NAACS was held in 1923. During the conference there were speakers, songs and fellowship, as well as forums on school management.
During this time, the Vigilance Committee of the NAACS was also working hard to define standards of practice for the organization. The committee visited member schools, and created a system of inspection for new members and schools with financial, managerial, or educational hardship.
During the 1930’s, private career schools were under pressure to compete with what public schools were offering, such as evening and weekend classes. The Board of the NAACS encouraged members to join other recognized educational organizations in order to stay abreast of trends and voice their concerns. But the Depression, and then World War II, gave people more serious things to worry about, and interest, as well as membership waned.
In 1931 The Southern Accredited Business Colleges merged with the American Association of Vocational Schools to form the American Association of Business Schools (AABS). This group was a formidable rival for the NAACS and even published a newsletter called the Compass. Eventually, the AABS changed its name to the American Association of Commercial Colleges (AACC), but its mission remained unchanged and its practices were much like the NAACS. The AACC grew in strength and numbers throughout the 30’s, and did not stress accreditation as an activity. They remained a powerful force for over thirty years, until an event in the 60’s ended their independence.
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