At its January 2020 meeting, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission considered submissions provided in response to the August 30, 2019 Call for Comment on changes proposed for the following standards in Part III of the Accreditation Handbook:

  • 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

Based upon the feedback it received during the comment period, and in coordination with DEAC's standards committee, the Commission voted to adopt final changes to Part III – Accreditation Standards, DEAC Accreditation Handbook. The requirements set forth in Part III are effective February 24, 2020. The Commission will require full compliance with these requirements by July 1, 2020.

Some of the changes adopted by the Commission involved minor revisions or rephrasing for clarification purposes while other changes were more substantive. Please review the February 24, 2020 Report from the Commission, pp. 17-19, to view a redlined version of the changes.

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