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ITT Tech, Other Columbus For-Profit Colleges At Risk Of Losing Accreditor

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A college accreditation agency that’s certified many for-profit colleges in Columbus and around the state and country could be in jeopardy. 

The Department of Education last week recommended the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools not be reauthorized to accredit schools. A DOE panel meets this week to weigh the topic. 

Accreditation gives weight to degrees, but more importantly, it's crucial for schools to qualify for federal funding.

Critics of ACICS say the accrediting agency has done little to reign in poorly-performing schools. Many point to Corinthian Colleges, which was allowed to stay open until the day it declared bankruptcy amid a government investigation.

For more on what a loss of accreditation could mean for schools, WOSU's Steve Brown spoke with ProPublica education reporter Annie Waldman.

Click the play button above to hear their conversation.