A federal district judge has denied an attempt by a controversial accrediting body to continue its work certifying for-profit colleges seeking to be eligible for federal student loans and grants.

United States District Judge Reggie Walton denied a motion filed by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) that would have blocked the U.S. Department of Education from taking steps to strip ACICS of its recognition as an accreditor for schools seeking the necessary eligibility for federal student loan funding.

In moving to strip ACICS of its accrediting authority in December 2016, then-Education Department Secretary John King wrote that the accreditor had "exhibited a profound lack of compliance" with its responsibilities. ACICS had been the accreditor for more than 200 institutions, almost all of which were for-profit colleges. Among others, ACICS had accredited Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech, both of which came under federal scrutiny for alleged deceptive practices in enrollment and job placement statistics.


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