Bulletin From The Executive Director
August 5, 2010
As you are undoubtedly aware, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee conducted a hearing yesterday entitled For Profit Schools: The Student Recruitment Experience. In many ways, this hearing was reminiscent of years gone by for me, and I am sure for many of you. Having now worked in the field of national accreditation for 23 years, I recall the events that led to the Higher Education Act of 1992. The role of accreditation was forever changed and, in turn, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has continuously enhanced its policies, procedures, and standards to effectively manage its responsibilities as a specialized, national, and programmatic accrediting agency. Students and their success are paramount to ABHES and, we sincerely believe, to our accredited institutions and programs.
ABHES has an inherent responsibility to continue to assess its own accreditation policies, procedures and standards, particularly relative to those issues called to attention; namely, recruiting, admissions, student finances, and student loan defaults. It continues to set the highest expectations for standards compliance for each of its accredited institutions and programs. We believe that each ABHES-accredited institution works hard to maintain the highest standards for quality, but it should be understood that each institution accredited by ABHES must have as its primary focus full compliance for standards and zero tolerance for non-compliance.
The Commission and staff look forward to working closely with ABHES-accredited institutions and programs to eliminate, together, the concerns raised in yesterday's hearing. In its place, we must promote what you are here to do, and where ABHES' primary interests lie - educating today's students for tomorrow's health care challenges.