On August 16, 2012, Professional Massage Training Center, Inc. ("PMTC"), a massage-therapy school located in Springfield, Missouri, filed a complaint against the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges ("ACCSC") in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that ACCSC improperly terminated the accreditation of PMTC. On September 17, 2012, the court granted a preliminary injunction in favor of PMTC, requiring ACCSC to reinstate PMTC's accreditation. The court held that "[t]he record does not demonstrate that ACCSC had a rational basis for reversing its earlier decisions to accredit PMTC." Professional Massage Training Center, Inc. v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges, Case No. 1:12-cv-00911-LO-IDD, Dkt. 52, at 5 (E.D. Va. Sept. 17, 2012).
PMTC's complaint serves as a reminder that it is not only institutions that are facing pressure. Accreditors are also under significant new scrutiny.