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Welcome to DEAC

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as an institutional accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. DEAC's geographic area of accreditation activities includes all states within the United States and international locations. Our website is designed to be a resource for all those interested in distance education accreditation: students, faculty, administrators and the public.

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

A substantive change is one that may significantly affect an institution's quality, mission, scope, operations including primary methods of delivering programs, or control. A substantive change must be approved by the Commission, as applicable, before the change can be included in the institution's scope of accreditation.

Non-substantive changes are those changes that require review and confirmation by DEAC staff prior to implementation but do not require prior approval by the Commission.

AQC is an external review system carried out by a network of higher education curriculum experts. Although it is not accreditation, AQC engages a peer review process designed to provide meaningful, relevant feedback to distance education providers consistent with the principles of accreditation.