WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) has rejected an application from Miller-Motte, which leaves the future of the Wilmington technical college unclear.
"I can confirm for you that Miller-Motte is not in process with our agency," ACCET Associate Executive Director John Shaheen said in response to a question about the status of an application Miller-Motte College submitted in March. "The institution's application for initial accreditation was not accepted by ACCET."
Miller-Motte was forced to find a new accreditor when its former accrediting agency, The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), lost its standing with the Department of Education last December.
In September, Miller-Motte announced it would stop enrolling new students at seven of its campuses across its multi-state system. According to published reports, Miller-Motte could not find a new accreditor for those campuses after the ACICS lost federal recognition.
A college spokesperson said the Wilmington campus would not be affected by that decision.
Still, Miller-Motte needs to find a new, federally-recognized accreditor for its Wilmington students to continue to qualify for federal financial aid. Accreditation is also important for oversight, and for credits students earn at one college to be able to transfer to another.
Miller-Motte did not respond when we asked if it had applied to any other accrediting agencies besides ACCET, but it must have a site visit from a federally recognized agency by Feb. 28 to continue to qualify for federal financial aid money.
The deadline had been Oct. 10, but was extended nationwide due to delays caused by hurricanes.