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Update on Moves by ACICS-Accredited Colleges

June 6, 2017

The 269 institutions overseen by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools must find a new accreditor or risk losing financial aid. ACICS is a national accreditor that the Obama administration in December decided to terminate, in large part due to concerns about the agency's oversight of Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute. Colleges holding ACICS accreditation, most of which are for-profits, have 18 months to find a new accreditor, although ACICS has sued to block the decision and some wonder if the Trump administration might try to reverse it.

Virtually all ACICS institutions that are not closing are seeking a different accreditor, according to a new analysis by the Center for American Progress. The left-leaning group filed a public-records request with the U.S. Department of Education to see how that process has shaped up. So far, 52 institutions either are closing, have closed or have lost access to federal aid, the center found. Another seven may lose federal aid eligibility next month, while 11 already have found a new accreditor.

The 199 institutions with active applications to other agencies enroll a total of 339,000 students. Among this group, 134 colleges have applied to either the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training or the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools is considering applications from 28 institutions, the center said, while 17 are seeking accreditation from regional agencies.

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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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