June 20, 2016 -- The U.S. Education Department is releasing this week data that it wants to use to help judge the work of accreditors, based on a set of outcomes of the institutions the agencies accredit. Some highlights of the data are in the table below.

Accreditor (No. of Institutions)

% Inst. HCM2* % Inst. 
Median Grad. Debt $30,000 or More
% Inst. Avg. Default Rate 15% or More

% Inst. Repay.  Rate 40% or Less

% Inst. Grad. Rate 40% or Less % Inst. Median Earnings $30,000 or Less % Inst. Fin.  Resp. Score <1.0

Accred. Bureau of Health Education Schools (103)

1% 0% 30% 15% 4% 27% 9%
Accred. Comm. for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (28) 4% 0% 4% 0% 0% 4% 4%
Accred. Comm. of Career Schools and Colleges (390) 1% 2% 46% 14% 4% 37% 7%
Accredi. Council for Continuing Education and Training (67) 1% 0% 48% 18% 0% 43% 4%
Accred. Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (245) 1% 9% 55% 31% 23% 60% 5%
American Bar Association (19) 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 11%
American Board of Funeral Service Education (7) 0% 0% 43% 0% 29% 14% 0%
Assn. for Biblical
Higher Ed. (46)
2% 2% 22% 0% 43% 26% 11%
Assn. of Advanced Rabbinical and
Talmudic Schools (64)
3% 0% 0% 0% 53% 17% 0%
Assn. of Theological Schools in the USA
and Canada (71)
0% 0% 3% 0% 0% 0% 7%
Comm. on Massage Therapy Accreditation (26) 0% 0% 23% 0% 4% 12% 8%
Council on
Occupational
Education (378)
2% 0% 30% 11% 9% 41% 2%
Distance Ed. and Training
Council (13)
0% 0% 0% 0% 8% 0% 8%
Middle States Comm. on Elementary
and Secondary
Schools (13)
0% 0% 15% 0% 8% 15% 0%
Middle States Comm. on Higher Education (470) 0% 3% 17% 2% 35% 12% 1%
National Accred. Comm. of Cosmetology 
Arts and Sciences (846)
3% 0% 35% 13% 5% 39% 4%
National Assn. of Schools
of Art and Design (8)
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 38% 13%
National Assn. of Schools
of Music (6)
0% 0% 17% 0% 17% 17% 17%
National Assn. of Schools
of Theatre (7)
0% 0% 14% 0% 14% 43% 0%
National League for Nursing Accred. 
Comm. (23)
13% 4% 4% 0% 9% 0% 9%
New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges (221) 1% 1% 13% 0% 33% 15% 1%
N.Y. Board of Regents Comm.
on Education (15)
7% 0% 27% 7% 33% 27% 0%
N.Y. Regents Comm. on Voc. Ed. (14) 7% 0% 36% 0% 0% 14% 7%
North Central Assn. Higher Learning
Comm. (950)
0% 3% 33% 3% 47% 23% 2%
Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities (159) 0% 2% 31% 1% 55% 21% 1%
Okla. State Board of Voc.-Tech. Ed (26) 0% 0% 12% 0% 4% 69% 0%
Pa. State Board of
Voc. Ed. (7)
0% 0% 29% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools Comm. on Colleges (763) 0% 7% 33% 8% 56% 37% 1%
Transnational Assn. of Christian Colleges and Schools (43) 7% 5% 26% 12% 37% 19% 12%
WASC Accrediting Comm. for Community and Junior Colleges (130) 0% 0% 67% 15% 92% 50% 0%
Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges Senior College Comm. (152) 0% 7% 3% 1% 14% 2% 3%

*Heightened Cash Monitoring 2, a federal designation that imposes severe restrictions on institutions' ability to spend money.
Note: Excludes accreditors with 5 or fewer institutions.

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