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NJ joins other states in opposing national accreditor status for ACICS

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has moved to join a coalition of states in opposing an attempt by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to regain its status as a nationally recognized accreditor.

ACICS lost its national recognition in 2016 due to its “pervasive noncompliance” with federal law and oversight failures regarding fraud by predatory for-profit schools.

In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s call for written comments on ACICS’s application to restore its national recognition, Grewal has joined a group of 20 attorneys general in a letter calling for the federal government to reject ACICS’s application.

According to the letter, ACICS’s oversight failures include its decision to extend accreditation to schools like the now-defunct Corinthian College Inc.

Thousands of state residents have attended for-profit schools such as Corinthian Colleges and other institutions. ACICS continued accrediting Corinthian after more than 20 state and federal agencies initiated investigations into fraud allegations that ultimately pushed Corinthian into bankruptcy proceedings.

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David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and covers higher education, transportation, and economic development for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com

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