1. Denial of Provisional Accreditation or Initial Accreditation – a center applying for provisional accreditation or initial accreditation may have their application denied. If a center is denied provisional or initial accreditation, the Commission shall identify the specific issues that prevented the granting of the application.
  1. Emergency Suspension of a Center’s Provisional Accreditation/Accredited Member Status – In rare instances where there is significant concern for the safety of students, the Accreditation Commission may issue an Emergency Suspension for a period of 14 calendar days, during which a program must pause all educational programs and may not recruit or enroll additional students. Due to the nature of the emergency suspension, this may not be appealed.
  • The Emergency Suspension will:
    1. Identify the causes/concerns that led to the emergency suspension
    2. Require a center and administrative sponsor to notify students in writing of the suspension, with a copy of the notice to the Commission
    3. Specify corrective action(s) and conditions to be met for the lifting of the emergency suspension
    4. At the conclusion of the time period, the Commission will either:
      1. Lift the emergency suspension and allow the center to resume regular operations
      2. Initiate an extended suspension process (see below)
  1. Suspend Provisional Accreditation/Accredited Member Status – requires the center (and satellites/components as applicable) to temporarily stop recruiting and enrolling students pending further action.
  • Suspension may be for up to 18 months.
  • Action to suspend:
    1. Identifies areas of non-compliance issues leading to the suspension.
    2. Specifies the effective date of suspension.
    3. Requires a center and administrative sponsor to notify students in writing of suspension within 7 days, with a copy of the notice to the Commission. This letter must be sent on the effective date of the suspension.
    4. Ordinarily permits completion of program units in progress at the time; no new students may be enrolled.
    5. Requires the center to stop publication/distribution of materials about its program. 
    6. Requires the center to suspend recruitment and admissions.
    7. Prohibits the expansion of programming or development of satellite program relationships.
    8. Specifies corrective action(s) and conditions to be met for removal of suspension.
  • When the suspension period ends the Commission:
    1. Removes the suspension or
    2. Withdraws the center’s accreditation.
  1. Withdraw Provisional/Accredited Member Status – This action ends the center’s accredited standing with ACPE and may occur:
    1. By an adverse action of the commission if the center or its program are not in compliance with ACPE accreditation standards;
    2. By an adverse action of commission after the center, or any of its programs in suspension, fail(s) to meet conditions for removal of suspension. Centers under suspension may not vacate adverse action by initiating voluntary withdrawal of membership;
    3. When a center has been without an ACPE Certified Educator for 24 months.
    4. By request of the accredited center. Accredited centers in good standing may request withdrawal of Accredited Member status or accreditation of any programs by written notification. Voluntary requests are noted at the next regular Commission meeting.
  1. When finances may have an impact on the decision of the Commission, the center may seek review of new financial information before an adverse action decision is finalized, if all the following conditions are met:
  • The financial information was unavailable to the center until after the decision subject to appeal was made.
  • The financial information is significant and bears materially on the financial deficiencies identified by the Commission. The Accreditation Commission determines the significance and materiality.
  • The only remaining area of non-compliance cited by the Commission in support of a final adverse action decision is the center’s failure to meet the ACPE standard pertaining to finances.

A center may seek review of new financial information as described only once and any determination made by the Commission does not provide a basis for an appeal.

Centers may appeal adverse decisions of the commission.