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Troubled ASA College Loses Accreditation

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The accreditor Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accreditation withdrawn of the struggling for-profit ASA college. As a result, unless this decision is overturned on appeal, the ASA will lose access to federal student aid that has made up nearly two-thirds of its revenue. In a letter dated November 11, Middle States told the ASA that accreditation will end on March 1, 2023 or sooner if the school fails to meet the accreditor’s requirements.

LIKE A, with campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, and Hialeah, Florida, offered programs in nursing, health care, information technology, business, and criminal justice. He reported income in the 2020-2021 academic year by $52 million, including $33.6 million from federal taxpayers through student grants and loans.

In October, ASA agreed to pay New York $112,500 in penalties for misleading ads, many of which appeared to target immigrants and visitors to the United States, which were displayed on subway cars this year. The ads, which began running in January, went on display in February Republic Report articlethanks to photos sent to us by subway riders, including staff from the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a nonprofit legal service provider that often helps ripped off students.

Intermediate states cited for their new decision factors, including: ASA’s alleged failures “to demonstrate that it can provide a quality learning experience for students”, to demonstrate that it has sufficient financial resources and to provide intermediate states with an effective education plan providing education options for its students in the event of closure.

Intermediate states also pointed to an apparent action by the Ministry of Education to place the ASA on restricted HCM2 reimbursement status; ASA’s “non-compliance with salary obligations”; “failure to comply with the settlement agreement”; and ASA recently announced its decision to close its Florida campus and not renew its license in that state, which according to the Middle States occurred “without notification to the Commission or required approval thereof”. Additionally, Middle States cited “information received from local government agencies regarding the institution’s failure to comply with consumer protection laws related to advertising and the terms of a settlement agreement between ASA College and the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection”.

Middle States have requested that the ASA submit an adequate teaching plan and notify all students of the impending withdrawal of accreditation. He ordered the school, if it wants to retain accreditation until March, to stop recruiting or enrolling new students.

The ASA has long been the subject of controversy over its owner, Alex Shchegol, who was forced out as university president by its board of trustees three years ago amid allegations of gross sexual misconduct. Last year, Shchegol ousted most of the school’s board members and regained control. But after the New York Daily News exposed the upheavaland after Middle States last December put the school on probationChchegol resigned again as President, effective December 31. Shchegol remains the owner of ASA College.

To date, the ASA website does not adhere to the Middle States directive to inform prospective students of the accreditor’s action. Instead, his home page offers several invitations to apply for registration.