The U.S. Department of Education has informed colleges accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) that the Secretary of Education has submitted a final decision on December 12, 2016, to withdraw federal recognition of the accrediting agency.  Although ACICS is no longer federally recognized, the Department of Education (DOE) will provisionally certify ACICS-accredited schools for continued participation in the federal student aid programs for up to 18 months from the date of this decision.  This 18-month period will allow schools to seek alternative accreditation from another federally accredited agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.  If the institution does not obtain accreditation by June 12, 2018, the institution would no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.

In preparation for this outcome, Spencerian College submitted an application for alternative accreditation in September, 2016.  The application has been approved and the College has submitted the required Self-Evaluation Report. This report is currently being reviewed and an on-site visit is scheduled to occur between February and May, 2017.

As we go through this process of securing alternative accreditation, Spencerian will post updates regarding the status.  It’s important to reiterate that while Spencerian goes through this process, students’ federal student aid will not be impacted.  We must also note that no Title IV, HEA program funds were paid to ineligible programs.

If you have additional questions regarding the DOE’s decision or the process for seeking alternative accreditation, please contact the college.  Any student at the institution that has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at the institution, or otherwise relating to accreditation standards of our former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to the school’s administration and/or to any of the following:

Spencerian College: https://spencerian.edu/student-complaints/
US Department of Education Complaint Website: https://answers.ed.gov/link/portal/28022/28025/Article/1013/Complaint-against-a-school
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: http://cpe.ky.gov/contact.html
Kentucky Office of Consumer Affairs and KY Attorney General:  http://ag.ky.gov/family/consumerprotection/complaints/Pages/forms.aspx