COURT CONFIRMS STATES RIGHT TO DEFEND IN ACICS V DEVOS

Last week United States District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that states have the right to intervene and defend the Obama administration’s decision to revoke the Accrediting Commission Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) recognition with the Department of Education. ACICS sued for an injunction against ED the court has denied it. ACICS was rumored to have been negotiating a deal with ED that would allow the accreditor to seek earlier re-recognition in exchange for dropping the suit. Now that the courts have confirmed state attorney’s general right to defend ED’s decision, it seems any opportunity for Secretary Devos to settle with the agency may have been stymied. You can read the court decision here.