Discover DEAC

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEAC is dedicated to fostering an environment that treats everyone with respect and support. DEAC is committed to exemplifying DEI in all of its operations, including in its selection of Board members and independent evaluators and its internal hiring practices. DEAC also:

  • Maintains an inclusive environment where institution representatives, students, staff, volunteers and board members feel welcomed, safe, valued, and respected.
  • Promotes resources that build awareness and understanding of cultural identities and competencies of DEI through best practices training.
  • Continues to adapt and learn about better ways to demonstrate DEI across all accreditation activities and services.
  • Implements its accreditation standards and policies with respect for diversity of views and cultures.