Attorneys General Coalition Oppose Application for Accreditor to Regain Status

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of attorneys general are calling on the US Department of Education to oppose an application by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School to regain its status as a nationally-recognized accreditor. Beshear said the council’s “extreme and far-reaching oversight failures” caused serious harm to Kentucky students and taxpayers by enabling fraud and abuse by predatory for-profit schools. The attorneys general assert that the ACICS cannot meet eligibility requirements under the Department’s regulations. According to the comments, ACICS’s oversight failures include its decision to extend accreditation to the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, which targeted Kentuckians through Everest College, offering online classes. Corinthian also marketed its WyoTech program in Kentucky attempting to recruit Kentuckians to their campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida.

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