Updates and Consumer Alerts
Accreditor at-risk of losing U.S. Department of Education Recognition
The U.S. Department of Education has recommended to deny recognition to
the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
In support of Oregon students, the HECC Office of Private Postsecondary
Education is working with licensing boards and schools to identify any
potential impacts on current students enrolled at ACICS accredited
institutions, should a final determination be made.
In light of the current situation and uncertain status of ACICS, on July
15, 2016, our office formally requested from the impacted institutions with
campuses in Oregon the following: a contingency plan, lists of students
currently enrolled, school disclosures to prospective and continuing students,
teach out plans, the securing of copies of student transcripts, and recommended
that ACICS accredited schools in Oregon not start any new cohorts if students are
not certain they could meet professional licensing requirements.