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Student Achievement Standards

ACICS defines standards for student achievement that include Retention Rates, Placement Rates and Licensure Examination Pass Rates. These rates are calculated using data on retention, job placement and licensure pass rates submitted and reviewed annually through the Campus Accountability Report (CAR). The relevant terminology is defined and the formulas are described in the Guidelines and Instructions for the Campus Accountability Report (CAR Guidelines and Instructions). Quantitative Standards are applied at both the program level and the campus level, as described below.

Benchmark - Benchmarks are intended to encourage campuses and programs whose student achievement is below average to improve their performance and to ensure that they avoid falling below the Council Standard. A campus and/or program whose rates fall below the Benchmarks must develop and implement an Improvement Plan.

Council Standards - Council standards are intended to ensure that a substantial majority of students at ACICS-accredited campuses are retained, pass licensure exams where applicable, and find employment related to their fields. Once determined to be out of compliance with Council expectations for student achievement, a campus must come into compliance within established time frames or its grant of accreditation may be withdrawn or a program may be terminated.

Student Achievement Standards

Student achievement standards outlined below apply to retention and placement rates at the campus and program levels, and licensure examination pass rates, where applicable, at the program level. Minimum standards are intended to ensure that a substantial majority of students at ACICS-accredited campuses are retained, pass licensure examinations where applicable, and find appropriate employment.   


Campus-Level Student Achievement Elements

Standard

Benchmark*

Retention Rate

Placement Rate

60%

60%

70%

70%

Program-Level Student Achievement Elements

Standard

Benchmark*

Retention Rate 
  • Program length equal to or less than one (1) year 
  • Program length more than one (1) year 

60%
 
60%

70%
65%
Placement Rate 
Licensure Examination Pass Rates, where applicable** 
60%
60%
70%
70%

 *A campus and/or program whose rates fall below the Benchmark must develop and implement an Improvement Plan.

**Licensure examination pass rates apply where a licensure is required for employment. The program is also required to meet applicable licensure agency standards if higher rates are required.   

Student Achievement Review and Council Actions

The Council reviews student achievement data for each campus on an annual basis and takes appropriate action. The Council reserves the right to take immediate adverse action once a campus and/or program is found out of compliance. Please review Appendix L of the Accreditation Criteria for the specific guidelines and expectations of the Council.

   

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