Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers. Accreditation emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement.

  • Comply with rigorous standards;

  • Develop and implement an Institutional Effectiveness Plan;

  • Undergo an annual review of its financial stability, retention and placement rates; and

  • Undergo announced and unannounced site visits.

If judged to be in compliance with established standards, accreditation may be granted for a specific period, ranging from three to six years.


State licensing agencies, higher education commissions, and other bureaus for private postsecondary education grant institutions the authority to operate in their states. ACISC™ cooperates with the states by considering for accreditation only those institutions which are licensed by the states. ACISC™ also keeps the states informed of accreditation activities affecting the institutions in their states.

Other Resources

National umbrella association for higher education. Current information on higher education policy, legislation, and national developments.

Private, nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity

Chronicle of Higher Education

Main news source for college and university faculty members and administrators. Subscription required; published weekly.

Serves as the source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

Features information on programs and services, publications and products, grants and secretary’s initiatives, plus guides for teachers and a host of links to other education sites.

Comprehensive source of news, best practices, research and commentary for those involved with the career college sector.

A free daily online publication that covers a variety of college and university issues.

One of the first steps any prospective student should take before enrolling in a college or university, is to verify whether or not the school is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. ACISC™ is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The robust relationships between our member universities and member schools are a key element in our mission to shape the future of international education.

ACISC™ is a membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. Global citizenship is the centre of everything we do at ACISC™  to support our members.