Serving on a DEAC evaluation committee is often described by volunteers as "one of the best forms of professional development," not only because of what is learned about best practices from the accreditation standards but also because of interaction with distance education peers. DEAC's accreditation process depends upon the skill and thoughtful work of individuals who are willing to serve the larger community of distance education institutions as volunteers.
The credibility and effectiveness of the accreditation process depend upon the contribution of volunteer evaluators.
Training includes accreditation workshops, online courses and one-on-one
mentoring before, during and after visits.
DEAC evaluator documents set forth expectations, specific tasks and procedures for examining committee members.
Volunteers must adhere to protocols, policies and procedures and conduct their
work according to these expectations.