Cambria-Rowe Business College announced Monday that their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), was denied re-accreditation by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.
A statement from the school says they are currently in good standing with ACICS and the accreditation issues faces by ACICS has nothing to do with the schools performance.
All schools accredited by the ACICS will have 18 months after the finalization to find a new creditor or they will ave to close their doors.
The schools President William Coward decided they will not look for a new accreditor and will close after the current term ends on August 24th. In the statement, the spokesperson for the school said staying open, “would put new students and those entering Cambria-Rowe in the upcoming Fall semester at risk of graduating from a College that does not hold accreditation. The ownership of Cambria-Rowe does not believe this is in the best interest of those students. However, by not enrolling during the Fall semester when new enrollments are at their peak, the College will have insufficient enrollment to continue operations.”
Penn Highland Community College announced they will be accepting students from Cambria-Rowe so they may finish their degrees if an accreditor can not be found. Representatives from the college will be visiting all locations of Cambria-Rowe Tuesday to help students through this process.
Read the full statement from Cambria-Rowe below:
On June 24, 2016, Cambria-Rowe Business College learned that its accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), was recommended to be denied re-accreditation by both the U.S. Department of Education and an independent review board called the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity that advises the Department of Education on these issues. Cambria-Rowe Business College is, and continues to be, in good standing with ACICS. The issues faced by ACICS have nothing to do with the operation or performance of Cambria-Rowe; however, the College is deeply affected by these decisions and the reality that the Department of Education will follow through on these recommendations and remove ACICS as a recognized accreditor. That decision will be finalized soon, at which point all ACICS schools will be given 18 months to find a new accreditor. Cambria-Rowe’s small size and limited resources will make the transition to a new accreditor difficult at best, and there is no guarantee that the College will be successful in making the transition or making the transition in the timeframe specified by the Department of Education. This would put new students and those entering Cambria-Rowe in the upcoming Fall semester at risk of graduating from a College that does not hold accreditation. The ownership of Cambria-Rowe does not believe this is in the best interest of those students. However, by not enrolling during the Fall semester when new enrollments are at their peak, the College will have insufficient enrollment to continue operations. After collecting all the available information and contacting local institutions for assistance, Cambria-Rowe Business College President William Coward made the difficult decision to cease classes after the current term ends on August 24, 2016, due to the uncertainties of the ACICS accreditation. Penn Highlands Community College, under the direction of Dr. Walter Asonevich, has agreed to take the lead in welcoming all CRBC students, in both Johnstown and Indiana, to take courses that will allow them to complete their degree. Penn Highlands has multiple locations and the availability of online courses that will provide multiple options to CRBC students. Penn Highland representatives will be visiting all locations of Cambria-Rowe tomorrow to personally help students through this process. Dr. Asonevich released the following statement: “Those of us at Penn Highlands are saddened by the news that Cambria-Rowe is closing. We have always viewed Cambria-Rowe as an education partner, and we will do all we can to ensure that their students can complete their degrees with minimal interruption.” Some layoffs of senior leadership have already occurred in preparation of the announcement, including former CEO Mike Artim. Mr. Artim released the following statement: “While devastating to everyone involved both personally and professionally, I understand the reasons behind the decision, particularly for new students entering Cambria-Rowe. Because of the generous assistance provided by Dr. Asonevich and the Penn Highlands staff, this was the best decision ownership could make for everyone going forward. I have volunteered my assistance to both Penn Highlands and CambriaRowe throughout this process to make the transition as easy as possible.”
Later Monday afternoon Penn Highlands released the following statement:
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College understands the situation currently being faced by Cambria-Rowe Business College students. We are working closely with CRBC officials to aide their students with a smooth and successful transition to Penn Highlands in order to complete their degree and find success in our region.
Representatives from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be at all Cambria-Rowe locations on Tuesday morning to assist and to advise current CRBC students. Our goal is to ensure each student has a plan in place to complete his or her education.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes its role and responsibility to these students and to the entire community during this difficult time.