Accreditation in the News: U.S. Department of Accreditation Restores ACICS Recognition and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

April 4, 2018


DeVos Restores Recognition of For-Profit Accreditor Terminated by Obama Administration(Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2018) “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a signed order Monday that she was restoring the federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the for-profit accreditor that had waged a fight for reinstatement since the Obama administration withdrew its recognition in 2016.” (See also It Oversaw For-Profit Colleges That Imploded. Now It Seeks a Comeback, The New York Times, April 1, 2018)

USF Consolidation Task Force Gains Local Leader (The Crow’s Nest, April 3, 2018) “The Board of Governors appointed a St. Petersburg doctor to head the task force to phase out [University of South Florida] St. Petersburg’s separate accreditation.”

University of Iowa Fears Impact of 'Heartbeat' Bill (The Gazette, April 1, 2018) “If signed into law, [the bill] could mean the UI would lose accreditation for its obstetrics and gynecology residency program – the only one of its kind in the state..”

What’s Next on DeVos’ Chopping Block for Higher Education(Politico “Morning Education” (after opening link, scroll down to see item), March 30, 2018) “Education Department officials have also floated the potential of making regulatory changes relating to accreditation. College accreditors have long called for more flexibility in how they oversee schools and for scaling back federal requirements on them.”

How to Find Legit Online Colleges (and How to Avoid the Scams)(Student Loan Hero, March 20, 2018) “Weeding through accredited online colleges might seem like tiresome work, but choosing the right school is important.”