A Partnership for Quality
Founded in 1974, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) has been continuously recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on educational quality since 1978. ACCET strives to identify, evaluate, and enhance the delivery of continuing education and training through an independent peer-evaluation process. With a global reach, ACCET’s expansive scope is designed to support a diverse array of non-traditional post-secondary educational providers, including:
ACCET is continuing to closely monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide our member institutions additional guidance as it becomes available. At its April 2021 meeting, the ACCET Commission approved an extension of temporary flexibilities until September 30, 2021 for ACCET institutions in response to COVID-19, as permitted by the U.S. Department of Education and published in the Federal Register (Vol. 85, No. 239) on December 11, 2020.
Temporary Flexibilities: ACCET guidance provides certain flexibilities for institutions that are working to help students complete the term in which they are currently enrolled and identifies options available to institutions so that they can continue to serve current students during the coronavirus emergency (the payment periods that begin on or between March 5, 2020 – September 30, 2021, including:
NOTE: The temporary flexibilities authorized to ACCET institutions during the COVID-19 threat are finite. Currently, institutions are permitted (without program approval) to temporarily offer distance learning (IDL) to new students through September 30, 2021, with the following exception. The Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) does not permit the enrollment of new F and M students.
Completion Flexibility for Calendar Year 2020 and 2021 Year-to-Date (January 1 – March 31, 2021): For the Calendar Year 2020 and 2021 Year-to-Date (January 1 – March 31, 2021), the Commission will consider completion waivers for students who are unable to complete their program due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowable circumstances, include, but are not limited to:
COVID-19 waivers must be documented including the student’s signature, date, and notification of a specific reason. Waivers that bring the percentage above 10% will result in adjusted waiver and completion rates and will be reviewed by the Commission.
Placement Flexibility for Calendar 2020 and 2021 Year-to-Date (January 1 – March 31, 2021): For the Calendar Year 2020 and 2021 Year-to-Date (January 1 – March 31, 2021), the Commission will consider placement waivers for students who are waiving placement assistance due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowable circumstances include, but are not limited to:
COVID-19 Waivers must be documented, including the student’s signature, date, and notification of a specific reason. Waivers that bring the percentage above 15% will result in adjusted waiver and completion rates and will be reviewed by the Commission.
Depending on the duration and severity of COVID-19, the Commission may decide, in future, to review its completion and placement policy such as completion/placement waivers and/or benchmarks.
ACCET will continue to provide information to ACCET institutions as warranted. Institutions are also advised to frequently check the websites of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and other authorities for updated information, including: