Press Release: Statement from ACICS

(Washington, DC) August 17, 2011 – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has issued the following statement:

“While the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has had a preliminary discussion with Stratford University about a potential agreement with Baltimore International College, we have not received a formal application from Stratford to open a new branch of the school or for any other action requiring review by the accreditor. If we receive a formal application, ACICS will employ the same systematic processes and standards we use to evaluate each institution before approving a grant of accreditation. However, it would be premature to discuss or speculate on the details of the school’s accreditation at this time.

When evaluating each school, ACICS has a process in place to conduct a comprehensive review of the institution – as well as a review of the institution’s standing with their current accreditor – before considering any application for accreditation. This includes a review and evaluation of any and all operational, financial, or regulatory issues currently in progress.

ACICS does not have information on the conditions of Baltimore International College’s accreditation status with Middle States Commission of Higher Education, therefore we cannot comment on the school’s current grant of accreditation.”

Note for Media: Please direct inquiries regarding the potential Stratford University merger to Anthony Bieda, Director of External Affairs for ACICS. He can be reached at or (202) 336-6781.


Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS accredits more than 800 private post-secondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, as well as institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational degrees.