U.S. Secretary of Education John King today took the final step in the government de-recognizing the troubled Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). King concluded that ACICS has “exhibited a profound lack of compliance” with its responsibilities as an accreditor. King’s decision means that colleges accredited by ACICS will have to find new accreditors if they want to consider receiving federal student grants and loans.
King’s action affirms prior decisions by the Department staff, by the Department’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and finally by King’s own chief of staff, Emma Vadehra, from whose September decision ACICS had appealed.
ACICS says it will go to federal court to try to get King’s decision overturned.