Gov­ern­ment sev­ers ties with for-profit col­leges ac­cred­i­tor

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> Hun­dreds of for-profit col­leges could close, leav­ing up to 600,000 stu­dents scram­bling to find other schools, af­ter the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment with­drew recog­ni­tion of the na­tion’s largest ac­cred­i­tor of for-profit schools.

The Ac­cred­it­ing Coun­cil for In­de­pen­dent Col­leges and Schools said it would ap­peal Thurs­day’s de­ci­sion to Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary John B. King Jr.

In a state­ment, ACICS In­terim Pres­i­dent Roger Wil­liams said the coun­cil would “con­tinue dili­gent ef­forts to re­new and strengthen its poli­cies and prac­tices” to meet the depart­ment’s cri­te­ria for ac­cred­i­tors.

The ac­cred­it­ing agency has been ac­cused of lax over­sight of its schools, which in­cluded those once owned by the now-de­funct Corinthian Col­leges Inc. and the re­cently shut­tered ITT Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute.

The depart­ment’s de­ci­sion was an­nounced in a blog post on its web­site.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil re­leased later Thurs­day, Emma Vadehra, King’s chief of staff, wrote that “ACICS’ track record does not in­spire con­fi­dence that it can ad­dress all of the prob­lems ef­fec­tively.”

Vadehra said the depart­ment found fun­da­men­tal prob­lems with the coun­cil’s work as an ac­cred­i­tor. Her de­ci­sion fol­lowed staff and ad­vi­sory panel rec­om­men­da­tions to sever ties with the coun­cil.

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