The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has filed an Application for Initial Recognition with the U.S. Department of Education. The accrediting agency lost recognition in 2016 after several of its member institutions were shut down amid scandals involving fraud and abuse.

ACICS will be on the agenda for the Spring 2018 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) meeting. The meeting date has not been determined but will be announced in a Federal Register notice soon. The OPE has put out a call for written third-party comments which you can access here.

Transitioning ACICS school’s waiting for site visits received some relief when the Department of Education’s School Eligibility Service Group extended the deadline until February 28, 2018, however, all schools must have obtained an affirmative approval of accreditation from a recognized accreditor by the June 12, 2018, statutory deadline.

According to a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Adam Harris and Eric Kelderman, “The department’s actions have raised the prospect that it may decide to restore the embattled accreditor’s eligibility. ”