The strength of ACICS has been its responsiveness to the changing educational and career needs of students, employers and the public. ACICS has been successful in adapting to these needs without compromising its accreditation standards. To meet workforce demands, our institutions are constantly developing new programs, and we review and evaluate each one of them. Our accreditation standards are sufficiently specific that we are not disconcerted by new curricula, new methods of delivery or new forms of administrative organization.
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.
Accreditation may be granted for a period of up to six years, but ACICS continually holds accredited institutions accountable for the educational programs they deliver. Each year, member institutions submit an audited financial statement and a detailed institutional report that includes enrollment, retention and job placement rates. ACICS publishes this information in the aggregate, allowing students, the public and policy makers to assess how our member institutions are performing. Institutions that do not comply with standards are required to submit additional reports and risk losing accreditation.
In addition to its accreditation activities, ACICS offers workshops throughout the year. Attendance at an accreditation workshop is required for representatives of new applicants before they submit a self-study and for the on-site administrator or coordinator of a self-study for currently accredited institutions. Other workshops are offered for evaluator training, institutional effectiveness, and financial planning and distance education. Consultation services are provided to institutions that require specific guidance to meet accreditation standards.