Our Accreditation

West Tennessee Business College maintains accreditation through The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. ACICS is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1956. Embodied in the criteria for ACICS accreditation is the belief that accredited institutions should at all times demonstrate a high standard of professional conduct involving educational practices and business ethics. The Council encourages not just conformity to standards but a continuous striving for excellence.

Notice About ACICS Accreditation

We want you to know that we are in the process of transitioning to a new accreditor, the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Our current accreditor, ACICS, lost its recognition on December 12th, 2016, and is pursuing legal action in federal court to attempt to overturn that decision.

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized us as an institution in good standing and has stated that we remain provisionally accredited by the Department of Education

We have until June 12, 2018 to be accepted by a new accreditor and applications have been submitted to COE to support that transition. While we cannot guarantee we will be accepted by the June 2018 deadline, our applications are in process and we currently are on schedule to be accepted.

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To obtain or review documents describing accreditation, approval or licensing, please refer to The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS) website (www.acics.org) or to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) website (www.tn.gov/thec).

What does accreditation mean to you?

Accreditation is an independent appraisal of an institution during which the school is evaluated on a number of areas including educational quality, professional status among similar institutions, financial stability, and operational ethics. It is a voluntary step our College chose to pursue many years ago to verify to students, alumni, and the community at large that our students are being trained appropriately in their chosen career field.

What is the process of accreditation?

The process of obtaining ACICS accreditation involves a rigorous progression starting with application procedures; self-study reviews; site visits from accreditation members; detailed evaluation of our course offerings, program curriculum, campus; and assessments on our teaching faculty. Schools are granted accreditation for a certain number of years, and when the time frame comes to a close, the process must be repeated.

In summary, accreditation confirms you are obtaining a quality education that will thoroughly prepare you for the workforce.

*Information obtained from the ACICS Accreditation Criteria Manual*