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ERIC Number: ED511634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 140
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Accreditation Criteria: Policies, Procedures, and Standards
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) supports the concept that periodic evaluation entered into voluntarily by institutions and their peers enhances the quality of the educational process and demonstrates that self regulation of a profession is superior to outside regulation. The federal government, for purposes of distributing institutional and student financial funds, lists ACICS as an accrediting body on which it relies in determining the quality of education and training offered at institutions that ACICS accredits. This publication outlines the procedures and standards by which institutions seeking initial and new grants of accreditation are measured. Three sections include: (1) General Policies (An Overview of the Council; Eligibility Criteria; and Classification of Campuses); (2) General Procedures (Gaining and maintaining Accreditation; Institutional Changes; and Council Actions); and (3) Evaluation Standards (General Standards Applicable to All Institutions; Standards For Nondegree Programs; Standards For Occupational Associate's Degree Programs; Standards for Academic Associate's Degree Programs; Standards for Bachelor's Degree Programs; Standards for Master's Degree Programs; and Standards for Doctorate Degree Programs.) Nine appendices include: (1) Bylaws; (2) Procedures and Guidelines for Unannounced Visits; (3) Guidelines for Institutional Publications; (4) Standards of Satisfactory Progress; (5) Guidelines for Institutionally Funded Student Aid; (6) Guidelines for English as a Second Language Programs; (7) Guidelines on Disclosure and Notification; (8) Principles and Guidelines for Nontraditional Education; and (9) Principles and Guidelines for International Partnership Agreements. A glossary and index are included.
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). 750 First Street NE Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241. Tel: 202-336-6780; Fax: 202-842-2593; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools