Will the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) be in the middle of the next higher education brawl?

From the Washington Post:

A fight is brewing in Washington over college accreditors

Republicans are up in arms over the government’s consumer watchdog investigating the largest national accreditation agency, the gatekeeper between colleges and billions of dollars in federal financial aid.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairs of the Senate and House committees that oversee higher education, sent a letter Friday to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray demanding his agency end its “unprecedented” investigation into the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

The bureau sent the council, which oversees controversial for-profit chains ITT Educational Services and Corinthian Colleges, an order to testify about its “policies, practices and procedures for accrediting certain for-profit colleges” in August. The order, known as a civil investigative demand, also asks for a list of colleges that the council accredits and the individuals who conduct the reviews.