Press Room

The Latest Information on DETC Initiatives and Activities.



Call for Commissioner Nominations
During this nomination cycle, the DETC Nominating Committee is charged with filling the following four vacancies with each term beginning on July 1, 2020:

  • One School Commissioner elected three-year term 
  • One School Commissioner elected four-year term 
  • One School Commissioner appointed four-year term 
  • One Public Commissioner appointed four-year term 

Click here to download the Call for Commissioner Nominations Memo

Call for Nominations to the DETC Nominating Committee

DETC seeks the nomination of individuals from its membership of accredited institutions to stand for election to the Nominating Committee. The Commission is currently seeking to fill one open seat on the Nominating Committee for a two-year term ending June 30, 2021.

Individuals interested in standing for election to the DETC Nominating Committee should complete the Call for Nomination Form and return it to the Commission office no later than July 9, 2019.

  • Click here to download the Nomination Memo


School Commissioner Election Announcement

Please join the Accrediting Commission in congratulating Deborah Hepburn, Executive Director of Compliance and Education / Chief Education Officer of Triangle Tech, a system of six (6) DETC-accredited institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, on her election by the DETC Membership to a four-year term as a School Commissioner. 

The Accrediting Commission and staff are excited to begin working with Deborah as she prepares to begin her new 4-year terms set to begin on July 1, 2019. The Accrediting Commission extends its sincere appreciation to the DETC membership for their active participation in this year’s election.

  • Click Here to download the Press Release

Accreditors Must Do More to “Be” About Student Success Kernels of wisdom from some of Michale McComis’ favorite 80s movies. 

  • Read Dr. Michale McComis’ latest blog on Insights & Outlookhosted by Higher Learning Advocates.


Nominating Committee Election and Appointment

DETC is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Nominating Committee Election and Appointment Cycle.

  • Click here to download the Press Release.


DETC Offers Comments on Proposed Revisions to CHEA Recognition Criteria

On September 4, 2018, DETC provided written comments on the proposed revisions of the 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures.In particular, DETC written comments focus on the requirement for “a majority of institutions or programs the organization accredits is at the associate level or higher” in order for an agency to be eligible to apply for CHEA Recognition. 

  • Click here to download DETC Written Comments

Certified Accreditation Professional (CAP)

On July 24th, the Accrediting Commission launched the DETC Certified Accreditation Professional (CAP) program, an online certification program designed to make accreditation more accessible, understandable and useable. 


Necessity to Invention: Beyond the “Toggle Switch” Approach to Accreditation

On July 19, 2018, Higher Learning Advocates, a non-profit advocacy organization, published the inaugural edition of its Fresh Perspectives on High Learning: Insights & Outlooks Series which features leaders with thoughtful insights into the issues that today’s students are facing. 

  • The July 19th edition features a blog post by DETC Executive Director, Dr. Michale McComis, that focuses on moving beyond the high stakes, all-or-nothing approach to accreditation, 



Commissioner Election / Appointments
April 2018

DETCis pleased to announce the results of the 2018 School Commissioner Election and Appointment Cycle. 

  • Please join the Accrediting Commission in congratulating Nathan Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Career College of Northern Nevada in Sparks, Nevada on his election by the DETC Membership to a four year term as a School Commissioner. 
  • Additionally, as part of the Commissioner Appointment process, the Commission interviewed several outstanding candidates voted to appoint Jennifer Bergeron, Campus President at NASCAR Technical Institute Joanne Wenzel,Bureau Chief (Retired) – California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Schools each to a four year term.


DETC Executive Director Testifies at House Education Committee Hearing

On April 27, 2017, DETC Executive Director, Dr. Michale S. McComis, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce at the full-committee hearing “Strengthening Accreditation to Better Protect Students and Taxpayers.” 


DETC & COMTA Enter Into Management Agreement
March 29, 2017
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (DETC) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have entered into a management agreement for the purpose of strengthening COMTA organizational resources and exploring opportunities to develop a joint institutional and programmatic accreditation process. 

March 23, 2017

School Commissioner Election

DETC is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 School Commissioner Election. Please join the Accrediting Commission in congratulating the following individuals on their election as a School Commissioner:

  • Vickie Clements – Great Lakes Institute of Technology, Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy

  • Susan Johnson – Gemological Institute of America 

  • Carol Palacios*  Atlantis University

  • Arthur D. Waller, Ph.D. – Vista College 

Public Commissioner Appointments
At the February 2017 meeting, the Accrediting Commission interviewed several outstanding candidates to fill two (2) two Public Commissioner vacancies and voted to appoint the following individuals to serve as a Public Commissioner:

  • Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D.

  • Cedric D. Page, Ph.D.


U.S. Department of Education Renews DETCRecognition for 5 Years

On October 28, 2016, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (DETC) received notice of the United States Department of Education’s decision to renew DETC recognition for five years, the maximum time-frame permitted under federal guidelines. In reaching this decision, the Department not only found DETC to be in compliance with all federal requirements mandated for recognized accrediting agencies, but also recognized the work of DETC to improve the quality and success of U.S. postsecondary education. This marks the second consecutive 5 year recognition grant earned by DETC and its accredited member institutions. 

As previously announced to the membership on August 23, 2016, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (DETC), which provides recommendations to the United States Department of Education regarding accrediting agencies that monitor the academic quality of post-secondary institutions and educational programs for federal purposes, also recommended that DETC recognition as a reliable authority on quality education be continued for five years.

2016 Nominating Committee Election


DETC is conducting an electronic election from August 17, 2016 through September 2, 2016 to fill one (1) vacant seat on the DETC Nominating Committee, which is charged with assisting the Commission in identifying potential candidates to fill any vacancy on the board. Based upon their desire to serve and affiliation with an DETC-accredited institution, the Commission is putting forth the following nominees for election by the membership to the Nominating Committee. 

  • Pamela Kraska, Daytona College 
  • Michael Zawisky, Ancora Education

DETC arns Recognition from ARRT
February 19, 2016

On January 26, 2016, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) informed DETCthat it had successfully earned recognition as an ARRT-recognized institutional accreditor. By earning this recognition, students who successfully complete a radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, or sonography educational program from an DETC-accredited institution are eligible to pursue certification and registration.

As announced to the DETC membership during the 2014 Professional Development Conference in Denver, Colorado, today, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (DETC) launched its newly developed Online Training Center (DETC -OTC)

Powered by MaxKnowledge, the DETC-OTC provides a variety of free resources as well as fee-based training courses that cover a myriad of compliance elements required by DETCStandards of Accreditation. The DETC-OTC also offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for administrators, staff, and faculty of DETC-accredited institutions, including an interactive development tool to enable employees to plan, monitor, and document their professional development activities.

Focus on Member Services:  The DETC Monograph Series
August 15, 2014

As part of DETC ongoing commitment to member services,  the Commission has reissued The DETC Monograph Series which cover a diverse array of topics critical to institutional success and provide guidance on some of the more technical areas of DETCaccreditation.  The DETC Monograph Series are targeted to provide performance tools to not only help schools achieve and maintain accreditation with DETC, but also each topic in the series contributes a unique aspect of continuous improvement processes. 

More information the DETC Monograph Series is available to DETC -accredited institutions by clicking here.

DETC Offers Comments on Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

May 23, 2014

DETC continues to participate in the dialogue with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (DETC) as the Committee continues with its agenda to advise the Secretary of Education on accreditation policy and considers making recommendations for changes to the Higher Education Act.

DETC Executive Director Testifies in Congress on Role of Accreditation

June 13, 2013

With an increase in Congressional interest in ensuring the strength of accreditation as a gatekeeper to Title IV funds, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training hosted a hearing on June 13, 2013 entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality Through Accreditation” which provided members of the Subcommittee with an opportunity to explore a variety of proposals to strengthen accreditation and its gatekeeping role, as well as to discuss alternative models. At the behest of the subcommittee, DETC Executive Director, Dr. Michale McComis, accepted an invitation to provide testimony at the hearing.

Please note the full press release includes links to Dr. McComis’ Testimony, the opening statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx, Subcommittee Chair, and a link to the webcast of the hearing.