Commission announces 7 October 2023 as end date for COVID-19 flexibilities [26 May 2023]

On 18 May 2023, the US Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague letter” that established 7 October 2023 as the end date for waivers or flexibilities in Federal regulations, rules and policies relating to higher education. This includes flexibilities relating to distance education. This date is approximately one month earlier than was anticipated, based upon the White House’s long-stated intention to end the national public health emergency on 11 May 2023.

ACAHM reaffirms that it will adhere to its Distance Education Policy. Based on the Department of Education guidance referenced above, ACAHM-accredited programs and institutions must receive 1.15 initial substantive change accreditation no later than 7 October 2023 if they wish to continue offering courses or any portion of an ACAHM-accredited program via distance education beyond that date. It is imperative for programs and institutions to submit 1.15 applications as soon as possible.

ACAHM is committed to an accreditation process that adds value to institutions/programs while contributing to public accountability. We appreciate the continued cooperation and support of all the Commission’s constituents and stakeholders in this process.