ACICS Status Update

March 07, 2021

Fairfax University of America (FXUA) is currently accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

FXUA’s leadership is aware of the decision made by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) regarding ACICS. On March 5th, 2021, NACIQI submitted a recommendation to discontinue ACICS’ recognition to serve as an accrediting agency. It is important to note that it is the U.S. Secretary of Education who makes the final decision, which as of the time of issuance of this press release, has not yet done so. Following the decision by the U.S.  Secretary of Education, institutions accredited by ACICS would have a defined period of time to seek new accreditation, while minimizing the impact to the institution, but more importantly to the students and faculty and staff it serves.


In anticipation of the potential results from the review by the U.S. Secretary of Education, FXUA’s leadership has decided to pursue the accreditation of other accrediting bodies. FXUA is and will remain committed to its students, alumni faculty, staff, and wider community.  FXUA’s leadership wishes to provide its learning community with updates on its status on our website.

Given our commitment to our alumni, current students, staff and faculty, and the community, we will continue to provide a smooth transition into the new norms of accreditation. Furthermore, we will ensure that our education and services continue seamless and uninterrupted, with a firm commitment to educational excellence, quality assurance, and rigor.

All degrees issued by the university to this date are considered to have been awarded by an accrediting institution. This will continue to be the case for future degrees while FXUA remains an accredited institution.


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