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New Requirement to Publish Performance Information

ACICS ACCREDITATION ADVISORY
September 1, 2011

A NEW REQUIREMENT TO PUBLISH
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

At its meeting on August 1st, the ACICS Council approved a new requirement that all institutions shall publish performance information concerning student achievement.  The specific language of the new section of the Accreditation Criteria reads as follows:

3-1-704.  Performance Information.  Institutions shall routinely provide reliable information to the public on their performance, including student achievement as determined by the institution.

The purpose of this new requirement is to foster continuing public awareness, confidence, and investment in career education by providing a demonstration of accountability. The requirement also provides flexibility for the institution, since each institution may each select the particular measure(s) of student achievement and institutional performance that are used for publication. 

This new section is required by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in order for ACICS to be officially recognized.  Because the US Department of Education (USDOE) has already required institutions to publish several measures of student achievement and institutional performance effective July 1, 2011, and because ACICS requires institutions to comply with USDOE regulations, this change can be viewed as a clarification of an existing requirement.  Therefore, the Council has voted to make this change to the Accreditation Criteria final and effective immediately.  A description of the revised USDOE regulation, 34 CFR § 668.6 Reporting and disclosure requirements for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, may be found at the following link: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/10/29/2010-26531/program-integrity-issues#h-123 

ADVICE ON IMPLEMENTATION
There are no restrictions on what measure(s) of student achievement are selected by an institution or campus for publication or what additional measures of institutional performance are selected or on the means by which the information is provided to the public.  ACICS recommends, however, that the institution

  • Publish the information on its website using a heading that includes the term “student achievement”

  • In addition to the student achievement measure(s), provide information (perhaps in a footnote) that includes

    • A clear definition of the measure

    • The year(s) in which the data that are provided were collected

    • The source of the data or the formula used to calculate the measure.

    • A link, if available, to the source of the data or the definition.   

 

EXAMPLES OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INFORMATION:
Examples of acceptable student achievement information include, but are not limited to, the following measures:

  • Placement rate as defined by ACICS (for each program as required by USDOE, effective July 1, 2011, or for the institution)

  • On-time graduation rate as defined by USDOE (for each programs as required by USDOE, effective July 1, 2011, or for the institution)

  • Retention rate as defined by ACICS

  • Graduation rate as defined by IPEDS (150% of normal program length as required  by USDOE)

  • Institutionally defined cumulative grade point average (CGPA)

  • Licensure pass rates as determined by the relevant licensing agency

 

SAMPLE FORMAT FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INFORMATION:

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AT SAMPLE UNIVERSITY

Program

On-Time Graduation Rate1

Graduate Placement Rate2

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (BSCS)

85%

82%

Master of Science, Computer Science (MSCS)

95%

94%

Bachelor of Science, Software & Game Development (BSGD)

87%

81%

Bachelor of Science, Web Design and Development (BSWD)

79%

76%

Institutions may wish to combine this information with other disclosures required by the USDOE as of July 1, 2011.  If so, they should use whatever presentation format is required by USDOE.

EVALUATION OF COMPLIANCE
Evaluation Team Visits – Institutions which are not currently participating in Title IV, HEA financial aid programs have until October 1, 2011, to comply with this new requirement. All other institutions visited during the fall 2011 and subsequent visit cycles are expected to comply with this new requirement.

Self-Study Narratives – Institutions whose grants of accreditation expire in 2012 should respond to the self-study narrative questions, revised September 2nd and available on the ACICS website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
An explanation of this new requirement and an opportunity to submit questions will be provided in the AWARE Webinar to be facilitated by ACICS on Wednesday, September 14th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. To register, use the link provided on the homepage of the ACICS website.

Questions about this new requirement may be addressed to Advisory@ACICS.org.  Please use the subject heading “Performance Information Requirement.”

 

 

 

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