Biden’s Education Department moves to cut ties with an accrediting body linked to a fraud scandal.


The Biden administration’s Education Department is moving to cut ties with an organization that was thrown a life raft under the Trump administration even though it was at the center of a massive fraud scandal related to for-profit colleges.

The department said late Friday that it recommended terminating federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or Acics. The organization is infamous for having overseen the collapse of two for-profit university chains, Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech, whose bankruptcies left tens of thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of debt.

The decision to end the group’s federal recognition would be made by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, an independent panel that advises the secretary of education.

The Obama administration stripped Acics of its accrediting powers in December 2016, saying it had allowed the chains to employ predatory recruitment practices and encourage students to take on debt based on false promises — including the claim that they would be guaranteed jobs after graduation.



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