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1 ACCSC Webinar Series: A Conversation with the Executive Director April 30, 2013 Dr. Michale S. McComis Executive Director Christopher Lambert Associate Executive Director

2 There may be a slight pause between slide transitions The slideshow is interactive Includes hyperlinks to various websites, forms, and Alerts referenced in the webinar. Please feel free to ask your questions by typing them into the webinar platform system. Staff will do our very best to answer all questions, either during, or after, the webinar. If you have an “institution specific” question, for example on your credit hour calculations, engaging with staff offline via /phone is the best scenario. A copy of the webinar will be made available at under Events/ Webinars Sectionwww.accsc.orgEvents/ Webinars Section Yes, a copy of the slides will be made available online as well. Provide this information to your staff for ongoing training and development. Webinar Logistics

3 New Commissioners Join ACCSC Update on ACCSC Standards and Policies Profile of the ACCSC Membership An update on the Commission’s External Affairs Activities Focus on Member Services Agenda

4 New Commissioners Join ACCSC

5 Public Commissioner Appointment Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne School Commissioner Election Results Duane Kramer, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Valerie Njie, Bidwell Training Center Michael Pugliese, Platt College – Oklahoma Resources: School Commissioner Election ResultsSchool Commissioner Election Results Public Commissioner Appointment New Commissioners Join ACCSC

6 Update on ACCSC Standards and Policies

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8 Removal of the Term “Private” The Commission operates in such a manner that ownership form or structure are not relevant factors in determining a school’s compliance with ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation. Accordingly, the Commission has opted to remove the term “private” from the Standards of Accreditation and concordantly requested a technical change to ACCSC’s scope of recognition with the Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education granted the Commission’s request and has removed the term “private” from ACCSC’s statement of scope of recognition. Resource: March 1, 2013 Accreditation AlertMarch 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert

9 Bylaws Revisions On December 28, 2013, ACCSC put forth a wide-range of proposed Bylaws revisions for election by the membership. The Commission came to these proposed revisions through its strategic planning process and had determined that the proposed revisions represent changes which are in the best interest of the organization and the ACCSC membership. The March 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert serves as notice that the membership has accepted all of the proposed revisions through a greater than 2/3 affirmative vote as required by Section 4.04 of the AACSC Bylaws. Resource: March 1, 2013 Accreditation AlertMarch 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert

10 Bylaws Revisions – Notable Changes Section 1.03 – Composition The Commission shall be composed of an odd number of not less than nine (9) members and not more than fifteen (15) members. The number of Public Commissioners shall be at least four but less than a majority of the total number of Commissioners. Section 1.04 –Appointment of School Commissioners Appointment. For the term commencing July 1, 2012 and biennially thereafter, the Commission shall appoint one School Commissioner to a four year term, from among the nominees for such position designated by the Nominating Committee pursuant to Section 1.09.b hereof. Section Arbitration, Jurisdiction, and Venue Resource: March 1, 2013 Accreditation AlertMarch 1, 2013 Accreditation Alert

11 Other Strategic Initiatives: What to Expect going Forward

12 Potential Changes to Rules of Process and Procedures Conforming Amendments Potential Changes to Transfer of Credit Provision Potential Changes to Degree Standards Continuing Dialogue on Disclosure of Commission Actions What to Expect Going Forward…

13 Profile of the ACCSC Membership: 2012 ACCSC Annual Report

14 School Characteristics Enrollment as of June 30, 2012 was 229,935 11% decrease in enrollment compared to June 30, 2011 (258,416) 69% of ACCSC-accredited schools had 300 or fewer students as of June 30, % in 2011 The average enrollment at an ACCSC-accredited school as of June 30, 2012 was in 2011 The majority of ACCSC-accredited institutions are in metropolitan areas with populations of at least 250,000. Average Annual Median Income = $49,462 Average Unemployment Rate = 9.0% 14

15 School Characteristics 56% of ACCSC accredited institutions are non-degree granting; 44% offer a degree Unchanged since 2011 Distribution of All Program Credentials 69% Certificate/Diploma 24% Associate Degree 6% Baccalaureate Degree <1% Master’s Degree Distribution of Degree Program Credentials 76% of degree programs are at the associate level 21% of degree programs are at the baccalaureate degree 3% of degree programs are at the master’s degree level 15

16 School Characteristics 66% of students are enrolled in non-degree programs 64% in % of students are enrolled in associate degree level program s 24% in % of students are enrolled in baccalaureate degree level programs 1% of students are enrolled in master’s degree level programs 48% of the students enrolled at ACCSC-accredited institutions are under the age of 25 33% of the students are in the age group % of the student population is female and 51% of the student population is male. More than 50% of known students represent ethnic minority groups. 77% of enrolled students have at least a high school diploma or GED. 80% in

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18 External Affairs Update

19 California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Legislative Conference Panel Discussion: Accreditors and the Future of Self-Reported Data (Lambert) National Association of School Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) Annual Conference Upcoming: Arizona Private School Association Annual Conference Key Note Address on May 17 th (McComis) Northwest Career Colleges Federation Annual Conference Member Forum on May 29 th (Lambert) Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Annual Conference Panel Session: A Changing Paradigm for Quality Assurance in Higher Education: What Role will Accreditation Play? (McComis) Panel Session: A Changing Paradigm for Quality Assurance in Higher Education: What Role will Accreditation Play? Private Meetings with ACCSC Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators Annual Conference Break-Out Session: Program Advisory Committees August 1 st (Lambert) Florida Association of Postsecondary Colleges and Schools Annual Conference ACCSC On-the-Road

20 Focus on Member Services

21 Cohort Default Workshops (March/July 2013) ACCSC Partners with PEAC/CARS to deliver two Default Prevention workshops following the 2012 PDC. March 2013, Arlington, VA – Sold Out July 24 – San Diego, California Accreditation Workshops Renewal Workshops scheduled for July (San Diego) and September (Arlington, VA) Initial Workshops scheduled for June, September, and December in Arlington, VA Ongoing Projects: Guidelines for ACCSC Accredited Institutions Professional Development Conference Request for Session Proposals 2013 Award Nominations Focus on Member Services

22 Online Member Forum: Questions & Answers

23 ACCSC Webinar Series: A Conversation with the Executive Director April 30, 2013 Dr. Michale S. McComis Executive Director Christopher Lambert Associate Executive Director


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