Standards Century Volume 1, No.2

The Journal of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Volume 1, No.2
August 2013

In This Issue

Leadership Message
Program Approval  
Placement Verification
Annual Conference
2013 Workshop Calendar  

From the President

Attracting and retaining expertise, professionalism and judgment on the Council is an on-going priority. As the cadre of program specialists and peer evaluators represents a core strength of ACICS, likewise the agency's decision-making and policy formation capacity is directly derived from the body of strong volunteers who dedicate several weeks a year to the review of institutions. ACICS places a high priority on recruiting Council members who bring the perspective of the general public; by charter, "public" members have no affiliation with member institutions. Furthermore, the Council always includes at least two individuals with primary expertise in the development or delivery of instruction. Faculty participation keeps the accreditation process grounded in the delivery of information and knowledge to students.

ACICS will be soon be served by five new Commissioners, including those from the public, faculty and member institutions. The newest commissioner - LaShondra Peebles, was appointed this month and will serve through 2017. She will be joined by Seth Balogh and Beth Wilson beginning January 1, along with the winners of two contested positions through an election this fall. For more information on all the changes in Council, click here.

Please join me in welcoming these new Commissioners.

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D. 


Program Approval Process Strengthened

New programs developed by ACICS-accredited institutions will experience a new review process before they are approved and included under the grant of accreditation. The new process will apply to those programs that are 1) out of scope with the institution's existing programs, or 2) offered at higher credential level, or 3) delivered through a new modality. Council reviewed the changes in August. The enhanced process will better align ACICS program approvals and final inclusions with the expectations of federal student financial aid program specialists. Watch for more details on the changes to the program approval process at 
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Progress on Placement Verification Program

The ACICS Placement Verification Program is on course to begin its beta testing in 2014 and launch at full-scale by2015. Based upon the more detailed elements of the definition of placement, larger sampling of placement verifications, and direct contact with students, the program will increase the confidence in career education outcomes. Fact-finding visits have occurred and an advisory group has begun to outline the documentation tools and evidence needed to operationalize the new elements of the definition of placement. Design and development include new Campus Accountability Report (CAR) questions (which will be optional for 2013 & 2014 CARs and required for reporting period starting July 1, 2014), a student attestation tool, and Placement Data Record, among others.

As a key component of the program, the enhanced definition of placement comprises the following guidelines:

The position is either:

  1. included on the list of job titles published by the institution for which the program prepares students,
  2. it requires the use of the skills learned in the student's program as a predominant component of the job, or
  3. the student attests to the benefit of the training received as a catalyst in obtaining or maintaining the position.

ACICS will host a series of webinars and member outreach this fall to engage member institutions in a dialogue about the independent verification of their placement outcomes by ACICS specialists. Go to for details about webinars.

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Learn, Connect and Refresh In Jacksonville, Florida

Golfers, duffers, and other folks looking to enjoy the scenery of one of Florida's top golf courses can compete for fun and prizes at the ACICS Golf Tournament on the first day of the 2013 Annual Conference and Business meeting, November 7-9. The tournament will be at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Prizes include $500 each for longest drive and closest to the pin, and a super grand prize (to be announced) for a hole in one. To register, click here
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New Employees Join ACICS

Lauren D. Carey has joined ACICS as a Program Analyst I. Lauren has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and has experience in customer support, data entry, and data verification. 

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2013 Workshop Schedule (September-November)

October 8, 2013
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106 

November 6, 2013
Marriott Sawgrass Resort
1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 

August 29, 2013
ACICS Office 

September 27, 2013

October 7, 2013
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106 
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