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Trump Administration Backs Termination of ACICS

May 2, 2017

The Trump administration has backed its predecessor's decision to terminate the recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accreditor that oversees 245 colleges, most of them for-profits.

The Education Department finalized its decision to nix the accreditor shortly before Trump's inauguration, citing concerns about lax oversight of the collapsed Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute and other colleges. ACICS sued to block the department's move.

Last weekend the department filed a legal brief supporting the Obama administration's move. Among other arguments, the department said ACICS had failed to swiftly and properly adopt sufficient standards. "For example, despite having applied for renewal of recognition in January of 2016, the secretary noted that, as of December 2016, ACICS still lacked a standard with respect to student achievement in obtaining licensure," the filing said.

Some observers have wondered whether the Trump administration might change course on ACICS, given its stated interest in rolling back federal regulations. But the ACICS decision, which several state attorneys general have backed in court, would be a difficult one to reverse, experts said.

Most of the 245 institutions overseen by ACICS have begun attempting to find a new accreditor, with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges saying in January that it expected to receive 210 applications from ACICS institutions by the end of that month.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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