In light of the recent development regarding our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), I would like to assure you that ACICS remains recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and degrees from the University of North America remain valid.
On September 22, 2016, the USDOE announced its decision to terminate the recognition of ACICS. Shortly after the announcement, ACICS filed their appeal to USDOE.
Schools accredited by ACICS will remain accredited pending outcome of its appeal and a possible legal challenge. Should the decision by the USDOE stand, ACICS-accredited institutions then would have 18 months to find a new accreditor. Failure to obtain new accreditation within that timeframe would mean that students at those institutions would no longer be eligible for federal student financial aid.
UoNA will keep our students informed as the proceedings unfold. In the interim, UoNA is accredited by ACICS, which retains its federal recognition as verified on the USDOE web site:
What’s important to you as a UoNA student is that our university remains accredited throughout the potentially lengthy appeal process, and regardless of the outcome of the appeal, degrees granted by UoNA are valid.
UoNA is diligently monitoring the status of ACICS and has plans in place in case we have to make the transition to a new accreditor. We will do our best to ensure that your interests as a student are protected.
The following is a statement from ACICS regarding the USDOE decision.