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Computer Systems Institute, an Illinois-based trade school, is appealing a decision by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to withdraw its accreditation.

According to the Chicago Daily Herald, the for-profit school with campuses in Elgin and Gurnee was notified by ACICS that its accreditation was being withheld, an action taken in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education asserting that the school submitted false job placement statistics.

CSI previously lost its entitlement to participate in federal student loan programs.

CSI's chief executive office, Julia Lowder, announced that the school was challenging the accreditation withdrawal, stating that pending an appeal, CSI would maintain its accreditation.