TRACS Failed to Prove it is Enabling
On June 11, 2011 the USDE met to report on the status of TRACS as an institution. Their report can be found here. Please feel free to read the entire document. There is a lot of interesting details that you can find there. There is one section I'm going to focus on because it pertains directly this website and highlights some very salient points that I've been making here for a long time. Point number 7 reads.
The agency needs to provide documentation showing that itsaccreditation is an enabling factor for obtaining licensure/certificationand acceptance by practitioners and employers. [602.13]
§602.13 Acceptance of the agency by others.
The agency must demonstrate that its standards, policies, procedures, and decisions to grant or deny accreditation are widely accepted in the United States by--
(a) Educators and educational institutions; and
(b) Licensing bodies, practitioners, and employers in the professional or vocational fields for which the educational institutions or programs within the agency's jurisdiction prepare their students.
The document goes on to detail what was missing.
The agency stated that its acceptance by licensing bodies is demonstrated bythe willingness of various licensing bodies to grant certification/licensure tograduates of TRACS-accredited schools in the fields of accounting, aviation,cosmetology, counseling/psychology, ministry, nursing, and teaching. However,insufficient documentation was provided to support this claim.
Acceptance of the agency by practitioners and employers was not addressed bythe agency. Since various licensing bodies reportedly accept the credentials ofstudents who are graduates of TRACS-accredited schools, it would presumablyfollow that these graduates are then accepted by practitioners and employers,but information must be provided to verify this.
While the agency did provide information demonstrating that graduates of someof its accredited institutions obtained licensure/certification and foundemployment, the agency did not provide information to demonstrate specificacceptance of the agency (i.e., specific mention of graduation from aTRACS-accredited institution) by those licensing bodies, practitioners, andemployers.
Staff determination: The agency does not meet the requirements of this section.The agency needs to provide documentation showing that its accreditation is anenabling factor for obtaining licensure/certification and acceptance bypractitioners and employers.