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In Defense of Quality: LIBI Corrects the Record

The effectiveness of institutions accredited by ACICS speaks for itself, but occasionally an institution is confronted with the need to speak directly and forcefully about its quality, integrity and comparability. In a letter to a regionally-accredited college, a top administrator for Long Island Business Institute (ACICS-accredited since 1978) has set the record straight regarding a number of recurring topics, including its status as a college, the rigor of its accreditation, and the awarding of credentials that are comprised of academic credits that can be transferred to other colleges, including those accredited by a regional entity.

Excerpts from the Letter of Long Island Business Institute, June 2013:

“Let me begin by saying that, assuming the reports I've received are true, your comments about The Long Island Business Institute are … ill-informed." To answer:

  • The Long Island Business Institute was founded in 1968 and is authorized by the
    New York State Board of Regents to award the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S). The Long Island Business Institute is a college and it does award a federally- and state- recognized credential. 

  • The Long Island Business Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Because the nature of our courses is geared toward a career curriculum rather than the liberal arts, we hold a national rather than a regional accreditation. The U.S. Department of Education officially recognizes ACICS as an accrediting body. In fact, ACICS is the largest national accrediting body with nearly 1,000 institutions under its purview. Allpostsecondary schools must be accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for their students to qualify for Title IV funding(Pell grant and Federal Student Loans). The majority of our students receive some federal aid; therefore, by sheer elimination one can deduce that we are an accredited college.

    We are not regionally accredited by (a regional accrediting body) because we do not incorporate the level of liberal arts prescribed by that accrediting body. It is imprudent to assess one accrediting entity as superior to the other since they serve institutions with a different educational purpose. You can review this information on the US Department of Education link:http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation.html.

    "FINANCIAL AID FOR POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS

    Accreditation in the United States

    Regional and National Institutional Accrediting Agencies

    The following regional and national accrediting agencies are recognized by the Secretary as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit."

    Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

    Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor's, or master's degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.” 
     

  • Credits from the Long Island Business Institute transfer to many regionally accredited four-year colleges. In fact, we have articulation agreements with (six institutions in New England). All of these institutions are regionally accredited. Our homeland security program students have also successfully transferred to (a university) which is also regionally accredited. To make the bold claim that our credits do not transfer to four-year colleges (is) without regard for the truth.”