STATEMENT FROM SENTARA COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES CONCERNING ACICS ACCREDITATION
Sentara College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent College and Schools (ACICS). As of December 12, 2016, ACICS is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as an accrediting body. ACICS-accredited schools have a period of 18 months from the time ACICS lost its accrediting status to find a new accrediting body. Accreditation allows these schools to maintain their eligibility to receive funds under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The 18-month window for re-accreditation extends to June 12, 2018. If the college does not gain accreditation by this time, it will no longer be eligible for Title IV monies.
Sentara College has already applied to another accrediting agency and anticipates the College will secure its new accreditation as early as July 2017, 11 months ahead of the 18-month deadline. The new accreditor we are pursuing is the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), an independent national accreditor in good standing with the DOE.
Any student at Sentara College who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at the College, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of our former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to the College and/or to any of the following:
Students from Virginia and from SARA-member states may file a formal complaint (cannot be about grades or student conduct violations) with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) using this form.