Area for-profit colleges seek new accreditors in wake of federal decision

When the U.S. Department of Education announced Sept. 22 it would withdraw its recognition of the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit schools, Bob Bazant already had began his search for another accrediting agency.

Bazant, who is president and owner of Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in South Strabane Township, said this week he was anticipating fallout from the DOE’s decision to end its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Bazant and Nancy Decker, who with her son Douglas Decker own and operate Laurel Business Institute in Uniontown, believe the Education Department’s decision is a result of the closure of two “behemoths” in the for-profit system, ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges Inc., which were accredited by ACICS.

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