The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a privately owned and operated, not-for-profit organization that provides national accreditation to post-secondary education institutions. It is recognized and approved by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a reputable, independent accrediting agency in the United States. The ACCSC was founded in 1965 and is based in Arlington, Virginia.
Like other national accrediting agencies, such as the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the scope of ACCSC’s accrediting authority is limited to colleges offering nondegree programs as well as associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs that are “predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and institutions that offer programs via distance education.” As such, many career schools, vocational schools and career oriented community colleges seek ACCSC accreditation status.
As of 2010, ACCSC accredited nearly 800 schools that together enrolled more than 250,000 students.
Transfer of Credits
Many regionally accredited, traditional four-year colleges and universities do not accept transfer credits from schools or colleges that are nationally accredited. So if you plan on attending a regionally accredited institution after completing a program at an ACCSC accredited institution you’ll want to make sure that the regionally accredited college or university you plan on attending will accept transfer credits from a nationally accredited ACCSC school or program.
Other factors that affect the ability to transfer credits from a nationally accredited institution to a regionally accredited institution include college and state policies, residency requirements, appropriateness and relevancy of course content, and appropriate academic level. Click the following link to learn more about credit transfers.
Standards of Accreditation
The primary purpose of ACCSC accreditation is to ensure member institutions offer well developed and highly relevant education programs that will adequately prepare students for employment in their chosen career field. As such, ACCSC provides an accountability framework that ensure accredited institutions meet established program objectives and continually grow and improve their programs in such a way as to best meet the needs of students and the industrie they work in.
ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation created and enforces expectations in the following areas:
- Management and Administrative Operations
- Requirements for Residential and Distance Education Programs
- Educational Administration and Faculty Qualifications
- Student Recruiting and Advertising
- Admissions Policies and Practices
- Student Services and Achievement
You can click on the following link to view a complete list and explanation of ACCSC’s accreditation standards.
Accredited Schools and Colleges
There are nearly 800 schools and colleges in the United States that are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). You can access a searchable database of schools and colleges accredited by ACCSC at http://www.accsc.org/Directory/index.aspx. When reviewing an institution’s accreditation status you’ll also want to verify when the institution was last accredited and when their next accreditation is scheduled. If an institution’s next accreditation date is in the near future you’ll want to check with the institution to make sure their accreditation status is going to be renewed.