The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization that operates as an accreditor of institutions that primarily offer distance education. Founded in 1926, the DEAC holds recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides a single source of nationally recognized accreditation from the primary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions.

Click here to read DEAC's articles of incorporation.

Our Vision

The DEAC is the preeminent accrediting organization for distance education delivered worldwide that sets high standards for academic quality inspiring excellence in teaching, learning, and student outcomes through voluntary assessment and peer review.

Our Mission

Assuring students high quality distance education through accreditation, peer review, and institutional improvement.

Key Strategies

Read the DEAC's Key Strategies for 2018-2022