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 Commission issued a Call for Comment on August 30, 2019 and will continue to receive comments through October 15, 2019. Provide any written comments via email to Dr. Leah Matthews by October 15, 2019. The standards that are the subject of this comment period are the following:

Part III Accreditation Standards

Standard III.G – Educational Media and Learning Resources
Standard III.I.2 – Student Integrity and Academic Honesty, Degree Programs
Standard VII.A – Advertising and Promotion
Standard VII.B – Institution and Course Accredited Status

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