ACICS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

Last month, the Century Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Department of Education. It sought records about two accrediting agencies under federal review, ACICS and ABA. Just days before the public comment period for the two accreditors was scheduled to end, a district judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education from wrapping things up quite so quickly, effectively extending the deadline for public comment on the two agencies until March 1, 2018. The department can’t make a recommendation on the accreditors until it reviews public feedback and with more than 20,000 documents released under the freedom of information act, you can bet some will be seeking more time to review them before providing public comments. Delays may stymie ACICS’ plans to get in front of NACIQI this spring.