Statement from the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools

(Washington, DC) November 8, 2011 – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has issued the following statement:

“A school’s career placement rate is one of the accountability standards required to attain and maintain accreditation by ACICS. The threshold indicates that any school which does not place at least 65 percent of its graduating students in a job in their field of study (or a related field) is at risk of losing their grant of accreditation.

“ACICS takes any misrepresentation in placement rates –whether intentional or unintentional– very seriously. As an independent auditor, we do not tolerate misconduct or misleading statistics from schools reporting on job placement rates. When a school is not in compliance with ACICS’ standards and policies, we take appropriate enforcement action.

“We are currently conducting an internal review of our processes for evaluating placement rates, including a review of data collected from site visits and audits of Career Education Corporation from the last few years, to determine why those problems were not detected.”

Note for Media: Please direct inquiries regarding Career Education Corporation’s placement rates and reporting 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 900 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.