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.
DEAC Accreditation Handbook
At its June 2015 meeting, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission considered written comments pertaining to the DEAC Accreditation Handbook reorganization received between April 13, 2015 and June 12, 2015. The Commission gave careful thought to all of the written comments and drafted additional changes to the Handbook that it finalized during a conference call held August 14, 2015. The DEAC is now issuing another revised version of the DEAC Accreditation Handbook for a second comment period beginning on August 20, 2015 and continuing through September 21, 2015.
The purpose of this Call for Comment is to gather a second round of feedback on the additional changes proposed for the Accreditation Handbook. After considering these written comments, the DEAC plans to adopt a final version of the Accreditation Handbook in early October.
Please use the links below to view/download copies of an introductory letter with more information about the proposed revisions, the revised DEAC Accreditation Handbook, and a Comment Submission Form. The Accreditation Handbook that DEAC circulated for comment April 13, 2015 - June 12, 2015 is also provided for reference purposes.