Dr. Julie Basler has been elected Chair of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) in Washington DC for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2017.
ACCSC is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the designated institutional accrediting body for over 650 post-secondary, trade and technical schools that provide education to over 150,000 students in a wide variety of vocational programs each year. ACCSC’s scope of recognition with the U.S. Department of Education includes the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions, including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education.
In addition to her role on the ACCSC Commission, Dr. Basler serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs for Platt College outside of Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Basler earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a Master's degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from Murray State University in Kentucky, and a doctorate in English with a focus on English Composition and Rhetoric from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
In 2008, she was appointed to serve on the first Interim Degree Committee for ACCSC, a committee, now referred to as the Program Review Committee, she currently chairs. In 2011, she was named Volunteer of the Year by ACCSC for her work in accreditation practices, training, and review of programs and colleges across the United States. Currently, she serves as the chair of the ACCSC Member Services Committee and the Audit Committee.
In January 2016, she was awarded the Library Champion Award from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML) for her role in making library services student-friendly and accessible for baccalaureate nursing students studying at Platt College. In September 2016, Dr. Basler was awarded the President of the United States' Volunteer Service Award which recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans who make a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers. Dr. Basler earned a gold medal for her service to higher education and accreditation practices in her service as a Commissioner.