Documents Out For Public Comment
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission has the authority to establish and promulgate criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of distance education institutions. These criteria take the form of Accreditation Standards, Policies, and Procedures set forth in the DEAC Accreditation Handbook. The Accrediting Commission uses these criteria as it evaluates institutions and makes accreditation decisions. The criteria are under a continual and systematic review. Changes are made as appropriate and as required.
Persons, institutions and organizations with an interest in the Commission's accreditation standards and policies are invited to comment on Proposed Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures. and will be notified of the date for when any changes will be given final consideration by the Accrediting Commission. Interested persons, institutions, and organizations will be given at least 30 days to file written comments with the Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission.
The Accrediting Commission, after considering written comments, will conduct a further review of changes proposed to the Standards, Policies and Procedures. The Commission may adopt the changes to Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures as proposed, adopt with changes or modifications, defer action until further study and consideration is given, or discard the proposed changes altogether.
The DEAC is receiving an increasing volume of applications from institutions that are owned by parent corporations that establish multi-level subsidiary structures between the ultimate parent and the institution. DEAC is also receiving an increasing number of change of ownership applications and applications for initial accreditation from corporations located outside of the United States. When institutions are reviewed for financial soundness, these complex structures require a detailed review to fully evaluate financial stability of the parent entity and parent's ability to assure that the institution can meet its financial responsibilities while fulfilling its obligations to students. DEAC's Accreditation Standard XI.C. requires audited or reviewed parent/guarantor statements under United States GAAP.
The DEAC is seeking comments on a proposed a modification to its financial responsibility standards to strengthen the ability of the Accrediting Commission to obtain reliable documentation that financial resources are available from the parent company, if needed. Institutions, students, government officials, and the public are invited to submit formal letters providing comments on the proposed changes.
Comment letters are due April 28, 2017 to Dr. Leah Matthews.