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Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

By Ron Dicker

(LifeWire) - Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools Basics:

The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools is an autonomous nonprofit agency that enforces the standards of about 680 higher-learning institutions nationwide and in more than a dozen foreign countries. It is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation for its accrediting jurisdiction over private schools offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. It also accredits trade and technical schools, some of which offer online distance-learning programs. The Washington, D.C.-based ACICS was founded in 1912 and was first endorsed by the Secretary of Education in 1956.

Areas Served by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools:

The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools covers nearly the entire country, plus Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, England, France, Germany and Ireland. Online schools accredited by the ACICS are Everest University Online, ITT Technical Institute Online, The Art Institute Online and Virginia College Online.

Other National Accrediting Organizations:

The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools is one of a few national accrediting bodies along with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology and the Distance Education and Training Council.

More Information About the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools:

To learn more about the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools, visit its official website at www.acics.org.

LifeWire, a part of The New York Times Company, provides original and syndicated online lifestyle content. Ron Dicker is a New York-based freelance writer who covered sports for The New York Times from 1996 to 2005.

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