Hard work has paid off for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) which received official approval from the U.S. Department of Education to begin accrediting programs at the Masters Degree level.

The Departments decision comes after earlier this year, NACIQI refused to accept the Department’s recommendation that ABHES had met all of the pertinent recognition criteria. However, ABHES and the Department concurred that the expansion should be granted. The final decision was announced on May 25, 2017 by Holly L. Lam, the Senior Department Official who approved ABHES to move forward with its expansion of scope. This expanded scope is included in the 5-year period of ABHES recognition granted on September 22, 2016.

Florence Tate, Executive Director of ABHES had this to share.

ABHES is very pleased with the letter that it received from Assistant Secretary of the Office of Management, Holly L. Ham.  The office of Management suggested that ABHES take into consideration some of the questions and concerns expressed by the NACIQI members, and this is in process.  We appreciated the recommendations offered and we look forward to working with all members as they seek the new credential.