Welcome Spring 2017 Distance Learning Students!
Your assigned online classes will be available for you to log into one week before term start (May 1, 2017). Login and get familiar with the "look and feel" of our Blackboard websites. Print and READ your syllabus as it will tell you everything you need to know regarding your instructor's grading policy, attendance policy, and other class requirements.
You must also certify in all classes after term start (May 8, 2017). Log in early during the first week of classes and complete this task.
Refer questions regarding course content or layout to your instructor. Send your instructor messages using Blackboard messaging.
Have a great semester.
The United States Department of Education has notified Jones College that the Secretary of Education has affirmed the Department’s earlier ruling that ACICS no longer be recognized as a national accreditation body. This decision was made on December 12, 2016.
The final determination of the Secretary of Education will not affect students who are attending in the Fall 2016 semester. Unfortunately his decision will impact those students who plan on returning in the Winter 2017 and following semesters.
The Department of Education will continue to allow ACICS accredited institutions to participate in the federal student aid program through provisional certification for up to 18 months from the date of the Secretary’s decision if the institution seeks accreditation from another federally recognized accrediting agency.
Jones College’s continued participation in the federal student aid program will be limited to the timeframe it takes to complete the orderly closeout of the main campus as the college has already notified all regulators of its intention to close.
It was also determined by the United States Department of Education that institutions with provisional certification will be deemed to hold “recognized accreditation” for the entire period in which the institution is provisionally certified. “Recognized accreditation” will allow institutions to avoid consequences which are triggered in certain states, like Florida, when an institution is no longer accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency. In case you were not aware, Jones College is “Licensed By Means Of Accreditation” in the state of Florida.
While the above paragraph means that Jones College will hold “recognized accreditation” for the duration of the train-out period, it is very important that students understand that "recognized accreditation by the U. S. Department of Education" is not the same as the accreditation of courses/degree programs by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Jones College will not be regionally or nationally accredited. This fact will most likely impact students who wish to transfer to another institution or those whose career path may require licensing from a nationally or regionally accredited institution.
Below are links to information on the U. S. Department of Education Homeroom page and the ACICS homepage that you may want to read:
For Technical Support, please visit the Jones College Support Site
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