Category Archives: Accreditation


Education Dept. Cuts Off Federal Aid to New Students at For-Profit ITT

The U.S. Department of Education is barring ITT Educational Services Inc. from enrolling new students with federal financial aid, the department announced in a news release on Thursday. The department is also increasing the amount of cash ITT must send the department from just under $100 million to roughly $250 million, among other things.

The department’s move may be its most substantial action against an individual for-profit educator since its heightened scrutiny of Corinthian Colleges caused…


Professor Who Battled College of Charleston Over Syllabus Is Suing

Robert T. Dillon, the biology professor at the College of Charleston who resisted administrators’ requests that he update his syllabus with learning outcomes, is suing the South Carolina college and says he will retire, The Post and Courier reports.

Mr. Dillon’s odd saga was described in a Chronicle article in March. In short: Mr. Dillon, who had been a thorn in the side of administrators for some time, responded to their requests by adding a quotation from Woodrow Wilson to his syllabus. That d…


Small College to Close After Accreditor’s Recognition Is Thrown Into Doubt

Cambria-Rowe Business College will close on August 24, after its controversial accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, had its federal recognition thrown into doubt, WJAC-TV reports.

The small Pennsylvania college was one of more than 900 institutions to face the loss of accreditation after a federal advisory panel last month recommended that the council cease operations. The council, known as Acics, accredits primarily for-profit colleges, and many of them were…


Embattled Dowling College to Close After All

Administrators at Dowling College, a small liberal-arts institution on New York’s Long Island, have announced that it will shut down for good after a protracted attempt to stay afloat, the Long Island Press reported on Friday.

Dowling initially announced its closing at the end of May, but administrators then attempted to stave off closure by negotiating an agreement with Global University Systems, a company that provides capital to higher-education institutions and strengthens their internation…


South Carolina State Appoints New President After Interim Resigns

South Carolina State University, a historically black institution in Orangeburg, appointed James E. Clark, a member of its Board of Trustees, as president after W. Franklin Evans, who had been serving as interim president, resigned on Wednesday, according to a university statement.

Mr. Clark formerly worked as a vice president at AT&T and has served on the Board of Trustees at Benedict College, in Columbia, S.C., for 18 years, according to the statement. The university did not use a presidentia…


Long-Struggling Dowling College Is Told It Will Lose Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education this week notified Dowling College that it would lose accreditation on August 31, Long Island Business News reported.

In a public-disclosure document, the commission said that it would withdraw the long-struggling private college’s accreditation after peer-evaluation reports, visits to the New York campus, and materials submitted by the college “failed to document that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance.” The commiss…


Controversial ‘Sports University’ Draws Scrutiny From 2 North Carolina Agencies

Two higher-education agencies in North Carolina are looking into the company calling itself Forest Trail Sports University and could nix its plans to team up with Waldorf University, a for-profit institution based in Iowa that operates mostly online.

Forest Trail had announced plans to lease unused facilities at Barber-Scotia College, an unaccredited institution in North Carolina that’s struggling to stay open. Under the plans, student-athletes would be invited to the campus to play sports year-…


Georgia’s Paine College Loses Accreditation Over Financial Concerns

Paine College will lose its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, The Augusta Chronicle reported on Thursday.

The accrediting body said the historically black private college had not met standards for financial resources, financial stability, and control of sponsored research and external funds.

The college was put on probation in 2014 after the accrediting commission found Paine had not met 10 standards. Its probation continued in 2015 afte…


Accrediting Council Should Be Denied Recognition, Says Education Dept.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools should be denied renewed recognition, the U.S. Department of Education recommended on Wednesday.

The council, an accreditor of for-profit colleges, failed to meet several criteria for recognition as a gatekeeper for federal student aid, the department said. The accreditor did not provide information on how well graduates do on licensing examinations for employment and did not show that it could sustain “highly probable” long-term decli…


Report Slams Accreditor as ‘Incapable’ of Assessing College Quality

Calls are growing for the U.S. Department of Education to reject the authority of a controversial accreditor to be a gatekeeper for federal student aid.

A study released on Monday by the Center for American Progress found that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools has continued to accredit 17 institutions or companies that are under state or federal investigation, taking little or no action to penalize them. During the past three years, those entities have received about …