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@SenWarren --ACICS has rubber-stamped the worst for-profit colleges to suck down taxpayer dollar

Past time this agency was shut down. thankyou Sen. Warren

ACICS has rubber-stamped the worst for-profit colleges to suck down taxpayer dollars for useless degrees. I pushed for @usedgov
to pull the plug on ACICS in 2016 and again when DeVos reinstated them. I’m glad we’re one step closer to firing ACICS for good.


Higher Education
Federal advisory board votes to drop controversial for-profit college accreditor

Image without Flags decorate a space outside the office in the Department of Education building in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
March 5, 2021 at 1:09 p.m. CST

An independent advisory board voted Friday to prevent a controversial accreditation agency from being a gatekeeper between colleges and billions of dollars of federal financial aid, bringing the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools a step closer to losing its authorityb]

In an 11-to-1 vote, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity recommended the accrediting agency lose the recognition it needs to operate, citing the agency’s lax oversight of troubled for-profit colleges.

A senior official in the Education Department must make a final decision within the next 90 days, and the accreditation agency can appeal the result to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. If the council loses recognition, it would force about 60 schools to find another accreditor.

Career staff at the department also raised concerns about ACICS extending its seal of approval to institutions such as Reagan National University, a school in South Dakota that had no students, faculty or classrooms, a USA Today investigation revealed last year. The university voluntarily surrendered its accreditation in February 2020...

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