Transnational Association Of Christian Colleges and Schools 05/22/2018 03/29/2018 Final Review Compliance Report

U.S. Department of Education

Staff Report

to the

Senior Department Offical

on

Recognition Compliance Issues


Recommendation Page



  1. Transnational Association Of Christian Colleges and Schools
  2. Compliance Report
  3. The accreditation and preaccreditation (“Candidate” status) of Christian postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer certificates, diplomas, and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees, including institutions that offer distance education.
  4. Same as above.
  5. May 22, 2018
  6. Renew the agency's recognition for three years.
  7. None

Executive Summary



Part I: General Information About The Agency

The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) is an institutional accreditor. Its current scope of recognition is the accreditation and pre-accreditation (”Candidate” status) of Christian postsecondary institutions that offer certificates, diplomas, and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees, including institutions that offer distance education. TRACS accredits or pre-accredits 54 institutions in 22 states. TRACS accredits or pre-accredits 67 institutions in 22 states and 5 foreign countries. TRACS' accreditation provides a link to Title IV funding for 43 of its institutions and a link to Title III funding for four of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institutions.

Recognition History

TRACS received initial recognition in July 1991 and has maintained continued recognition since that time. The agency was last reviewed for renewal of recognition at the spring 2016 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI or the Committee). Both Department staff and NACIQI recommended to the senior Department official to continue the agency's recognition and require it to come into compliance within 12 months, and submit a compliance report within 30 days thereafter that demonstrates the agency's compliance with the issue identified in the staff report. The senior Department official concurred with the recommendations. That compliance report is the subject of the current analysis. Since the agency's last review, the Department has received no 3rd party comments or complaints.


Part II: Summary Of Findings

602.15(a)(2) Competency of Representatives

(2) Competent and knowledgeable individuals, qualified by education and experience in their own right and trained by the agency on their responsibilities, as appropriate for their roles, regarding the agency's standards, policies, and procedures, to conduct its on-site evaluations, apply or establish its policies, and make its accrediting and preaccrediting decisions, including, if applicable to the agency's scope, their responsibilities regarding distance education and correspondence education;


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Analyst Remarks to Response:

In response to the draft staff analysis, the agency provided documentation demonstrating that it has updated all applicable printed materials, including its on-site review documents, to reflect its current definition of distance education.



Part III: Third Party Comments


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