Gray's failed defenses of the troubled accreditor have made him an easy target for criticism, and based on ACICS's record, it appears he deserves such criticism. But if indeed Gray leaves ACICS, his departure is unlikely to end the inquiry into whether the U.S. Department of Education should keep recognizing ACICS as a guarantor of educational quality.
South Carolina State University has experienced considerable turmoil in recent months - leadership struggles, financial mismanagement, threats of accreditation loss, and a difficult relationship with the state of South Carolina, but more recently, the longstanding institution has had an increase in enrollment.
We have reached a point where federal involvement in judging quality is decisive about the academic functions of colleges and universities. Government is telling accreditors what counts as quality and directly managing accreditation's operation too. Will this reauthorization bring a ministry of education into our midst?
There was an utter and systematic failure of leadership that had all but destroyed the structural integrity of the organization. The only things that kept the school from completely losing its accreditation were the academic programs. Somehow the faculty had continued to show up and bring their best to students in spite of the decline.