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February 2018

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:46

It is an unusually busy travel season as ACCET peer review volunteers and ACCET staff traverse the country visiting schools up for initial accreditation, reaccreditation and substantive change approvals.  Many of the teams are larger than normal for some initial applicant sites while the winter weather and illnesses have all contributed to a very hectic scene.  Nevertheless, we are right on schedule.  I would especially like to thank the volunteer team evaluators who are giving their time to this effort and their supervisors who are coping back home when some key personnel are serving as ACCET peer reviewers.

The April Commission meeting also promises to be packed and we have actually extended the number of meeting days as well as enlisting the aid of some former Commissioners to serve on a pro tempore basis.  Many initial applicants are experiencing non-compliance issues with placement and, of course, this is an area where time is often necessary to correct.  For this reason, the proposal for an 18 month extension of the deadline for the accreditation of former ACICS schools is of crucial importance.  Congressional action is necessary to create this extension and the proposal is moving through as part of a Senate appropriations bill.  We are monitoring it closely and are encouraged to date but the unpredictability of the current legislative process is reason for concern.  By obtaining this extension, ACCET and the other national accreditors are merely trying to do their jobs in a conscientious and complete manner.  Most of you are aware that the majority of initial applicants for ACCET accreditation are deferred at least (if not more than) one cycle before becoming completely compliant, so what we’re experiencing here is not all that unusual.  What is unusual is a June 12, 2018 deadline for accreditation that has been imposed on former ACICS schools.

Modest enrollment rebounds among ACCET career colleges counter balanced by continued retraction at Intensive English Program schools still appears to be the theme nationwide.  We will keep you posted if we see any shifts in these trends. 

Spring is around the corner!  Hang in there!

December 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:01

By all accounts, the ACCET San Antonio Annual Conference was a smashing success! A great location was augmented by outstanding breakout programs and well received plenary sessions.  When the smoke cleared, we actually surpassed our all-time attendance record by two registrants and set a revenue record as well.  Sandy Lockwood, Darlene Foret plus numerous ACCET staff are congratulated on an outstanding event that featured quality learning and great camaraderie.  So, mark your calendars now for November 7-9, 2018 in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!

The ACCET Commission just concluded its December deliberations with an extensive and challenging agenda.  Special thanks to Karen Kershenstein, Liz Schaefer, Brenda Robati and David Vice who pitched in as pro-tem Commissioners to help us handle a workload that included our usual array of reaccreditations and substantive changes but was buttressed by the initial applicants from schools formerly affiliated with ACICS, the main campuses for which were all visited in this most recent cycle.  During this upcoming cycle, the affiliated branch campuses will be visited, a total over two cycles of 104 locations.

ACCET is not the only busy place juggling many tasks.  You’ll recall that every five years, accrediting agencies are re-recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) through a process very similar to our reaccreditation of ACCET member institutions.  This includes an appearance before NACIQI – the National Advisory Council for Institutional Quality and Integrity – which was scheduled for ACCET in May 2018.  Recently, we have been informed that due to retirements in the Accreditation Group at US ED and the shifting of workloads, our appearance and re-recognition will be delayed until December 2018. 

Finally, look for the second edition of the ACCET Newsletter to be shortly attached to our website!  It is part of our ongoing attempt to more comprehensively communicate with you on key issues, events, and happenings.  The first edition was well received and we have incorporated a number of your suggestions in this next edition.          

So, warm wishes to all of you during this Holiday Season and best wishes for an outstanding 2018.  Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.

Call For Comment – April 2018 Now Available

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:38

ACCET solicits comments from state and federal agencies and the general public regarding proposed changes to ACCET documents.

Call for Comment Survey Documents for Review in April 2018