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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

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1.
Agency:   National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (1970/2012)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Current Scope of Recognition:   Scope of Recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy.
 
4.
Requested Scope of Recognition:   Same as above.
 
5.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
6.
Staff Recommendation:   Renew the agency's recognition for five years
 
7.
Issues or Problems:   None


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
NACCAS is a national accreditor whose scope of recognition is for the accreditation throughout the United States of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy. The agency reports that it currently accredits 1,542 institutions offering programs in the cosmetology arts and sciences and/or massage therapy. Over 70% of the schools that are accredited by NACCAS use the agency's accreditation to establish eligibility participate in the Department's Title IV Federal Student Aid programs.

There have been seven complaints filed against the agency since its last appearance before the NACIQI, all of which were resolved in the agency's favor.
 
 
Recognition History
 
The Secretary first recognized the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) in 1970 for its accreditation of private cosmetology schools, and the agency has received continued recognition since that time. The agency's most recent full petition for renewal of recognition was reviewed at the Fall 2011 NACIQI meeting. The NACIQI and Department staff each recommended to continue the agency's recognition and require that the agency submit a compliance report within 12 months demonstrating its compliance with the issues identified. The agency's compliance report was subsequently considered and accepted at the Spring 2012 NACIQI meeting. Because the agency has already been reviewed under the current HEA regulations, it was permitted to submit an abbreviated petition for the current review cycle. That petition is the subject of the current staff analysis.


PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.