Update on Virginia International University

By David North on May 29, 2018

We wrote recently that Virginia International University, in Fairfax, Va., which has an almost 100 percent F-1 visa student body, had:

been ordered by the Virginia State regulatory agency to sign a "teach-out agreement" with another university to allow its students to transition should it lose its license.

The required teach-out agreement with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has since become moot. That's because the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which had been de-recognized by the U.S. Department of Education under the previous administration on the grounds of lax standards, has been re-recognized by Education Secretary DeVos, making an earlier deadline for VIU to obtain other accreditation irrelevant, thus undoing the need for the teach-out agreement.

In other words the new ruling by Secretary DeVos overrode the earlier state requirement, meaning that VIU is no longer under the teach-out agreement. For more on her decision, see here.