A Partnership for Quality
ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. Accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation designed to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. When such a process is matched by an institution’s commitment to high standards and accountability, a partnership for quality becomes reality.
By all accounts, the ACCET San Antonio Annual Conference was a smashing success! A great location was augmented by outstanding breakout programs and well received plenary sessions. When the smoke cleared, we actually surpassed our all-time attendance record by two registrants and set a revenue record as well. Sandy Lockwood, Darlene Foret plus numerous ACCET staff are congratulated on an outstanding event that featured quality learning and great camaraderie. So, mark your calendars now for November 7-9, 2018 in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!
The ACCET Commission just concluded its December deliberations with an extensive and challenging agenda. Special thanks to Karen Kershenstein, Liz Schaefer, Brenda Robati and David Vice who pitched in as pro-tem Commissioners to help us handle a workload that included our usual array of reaccreditations and substantive changes but was buttressed by the initial applicants from schools formerly affiliated with ACICS, the main campuses for which were all visited in this most recent cycle. During this upcoming cycle, the affiliated branch campuses will be visited, a total over two cycles of 104 locations.
ACCET is not the only busy place juggling many tasks. You’ll recall that every five years, accrediting agencies are re-recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) through a process very similar to our reaccreditation of ACCET member institutions. This includes an appearance before NACIQI – the National Advisory Council for Institutional Quality and Integrity – which was scheduled for ACCET in May 2018. Recently, we have been informed that due to retirements in the Accreditation Group at US ED and the shifting of workloads, our appearance and re-recognition will be delayed until December 2018.
Finally, look for the second edition of the ACCET Newsletter to be shortly attached to our website! It is part of our ongoing attempt to more comprehensively communicate with you on key issues, events, and happenings. The first edition was well received and we have incorporated a number of your suggestions in this next edition.
So, warm wishes to all of you during this Holiday Season and best wishes for an outstanding 2018. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.