DEAC Outstanding Graduates and Famous Alumni
An increasing number of students are choosing programs accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Accrediting Commission. Why? The convenience and flexibility of distance education is appealing to students who have to work full time while enrolled, have families, or are seeking to advance in their professions. The growth in distance education enrollment is mirrored by the increase in nominations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduates and Famous Alumni booklet.
For the 31st consecutive year, DEAC is proud to honor the fine work of its accredited institutions and showcase the significant accomplishments of our graduates and alumni. We are fortunate to work with distance education institutions that are diverse, dynamic, and fully engaged in providing the best possible distance education experience for our students.
This publication is our most important contribution to the student achievement literature. The stories of our graduates and alumni have touched hearts and changed minds about distance education and DEAC’s important role in educating the 21st century workforce. By honoring our most inspirational graduates, we are able to demonstrate the importance of distance education in the lives of people throughout our country and the world.
Thirty-three exceptional graduates were selected by the distance education institutions they attended. Selection criteria included the graduates’ academic records and the level and quality of their contributions to society and to their chosen professions. For 2014, we’ve also included entries on six famous alumni.
We know that it’s always been our students and graduates who matter the most. Please join us in applauding the outstanding achievements of these talented men and women who represent more than two million distance education students now achieving their education goals at DEAC-accredited institutions.
Leah K. Matthews
Distance Education Accrediting Commission