Education Secretary John B. King Jr. has upheld his department's decision to cut ties with the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools was appealing a previous decision to revoke its oversight of hundreds of for-profit colleges. The U.S. Department of Education made that decision in September after the council was accused of lax oversight.
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Some of the council's schools had been investigated for fraud and other misconduct, including the now-defunct Cortina College and ITT Technical Institute chains.
King cited the accreditor's "pervasive noncompliance" with regulations.
The council's schools now have 18 months to find a new accreditor or lose access to federal funding, which could force some to close.