By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — In the wake of the University of Northern Virginia’s closing last week, the Annadale school’s Facebook page was virtually devoid of interaction, save for the simple question every student was now asking.
“Is UNVA closing? what is going to happen to us?”
The catch? That school is also unaccredited.
ACCT has a certificate to operate from the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia, the same certificate that UNVA operated on without accreditation for six years. ACCT is now in the process of becoming accredited with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the same agency that accredited UNVA for four years.
In July 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided UNVA as part of an investigation that alleged the school did not obtain proper authorization of the visas it offered to international students, among other charges.
ACCT President Bill Schipper said that of the three years his school has been open, last quarter was the first time the school enrolled students with F1 visas.
ACCT had about eight F1 students last semester, compared to UNVA’s push to recruit students from other countries.
UNVA offers an “American-style educational programs at the undergraduate, master and doctoral levels.”
The admissions tab on the homepage has a section titled “your responsibilities as an F1 student.”
Also advertised on the admissions page is the school’s proximity to “the capital of the United States,” and help for students who “need to improve their ability to communicate effectively in English.”
Schipper said ACCT is trying to help UNVA students who are “getting jerked around by the school and the eligibility for their F1 status.”
“Its like they walked them right off the plank of the pirate ship,” Schipper said.
Bre Payton is an intern for the Virginia Bureau of Watchdog.org. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org