Updates and Consumer Alerts
Updates on Cosmetology Curriculum Changes (April 2018)
Updates Related to the Closure of Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University has announced that it will close later this year. Because Marylhurst University is legally exempt from the HECC's oversight and approval processes, the HECC has limited formal authorities related to this closure. That said, the HECC stands ready to support Marylhurst and its students in every way we can, including to help facilitate transfer options for students to complete their degrees. In addition to the other ways that it supports students, staff, and faculty through the transition, we are confident that Marylhurst University will meet its statutory obligations for the appropriate disposition of student records and the refund of any tuition that may be owed to students as a result of the closure (ORS 348.605). For more information, see the Marylhurst University Closure FAQ's
on the Marylhurst University website.
National 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.