The Distance Education and Training Council has been the standard-setting agency for correspondence study and distance education institutions since it was established in 1926. Its purpose is "to foster and preserve high quality, educationally sound and widely accepted distance education and independent learning institutions."
Like ACICS it is also recognized by both the US Department of Education
and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
DETC accreditation is an institution-wide source of nationally recognized accreditation that covers all distance study courses offered by an institution. It is unique in American accreditation because it is one based upon a method of instruction rather than educational level or subject matter discipline. It covers all programs, courses and distance study endeavors of an institution, including degree, non-degree, vocational and a-vocational programs.
conducts a continuing professional development program for distance study
educators. Seminars and conferences devoted to distance education are held each
year and are open to any individual with an interest in distance education.
Requirements for DETC
Application for accreditation from the DETC Accrediting Commission may be made
at any time by any private or non-private bona fide distance education
institution with two consecutive years of sound and ethical operating
Accrediting Commission is aided in its decisions by the extensive work done
before a Commission meeting. The process of accreditation begins when an
institution submits an application to the Commission’s Washington, D.C. office.
Here a determination is made of the institution’s eligibility on two points: (1)
whether it has been in actual operation for a period of at least two consecutive
years immediately prior to accreditation (the two year period begins with the
date of the first enrollment); and, (2) whether the applicant is in fact a “bona
fide distance education institution,” defined by the Accrediting Commission as
an educational institution which:
• formally enrolls students and maintains student records;
• retains a qualified faculty to service students;
• transmits to students organized instructional materials;
• provides continuous two-way communication on student work;
• offers predominantly at a
distance courses of
• properly licensed.
Accrediting Commission accepts applications from institutions that offer high
school, vocational, postsecondary, and academic degree programs up to the
professional doctorate degree level.
The Accreditation Process for DETC
follows the following sequence:
Obtain the DETC Accreditation Handbook
Enroll and Complete Course: A key person must enroll in and complete the
DETC Course on Preparing for Accreditation to qualify as a Compliance
Writing the SER:
Submit Application and Other Required Information
posts names of applicants for accreditation on its web site and
Submit Course Materials, DETC Schedules On-Site Visit and Surveys Students
Institution submits courses materials for review:
of Visit is Set:
Submit SER, Receive Subject Specialist Reports, and Respond to Comments
Institution Submits SER: The Compliance Officer completes and submits the
This should be done at least 10 weeks before the on-site visit.
Examining Committee is Selected:
Observers are Invited:
Sends Subject Specialist Reports and Student Surveys to the Institution:
Examiners Receive and Review SER, Subject Specialist Reports and Student
Complaint Summary is Prepared:
Institution Undergoes On-SiteVisit and Examiners Write Reports
Institution undergoes the on-site visit:
Evaluators test and verify information in the SER:
Evaluators write reports and send them to the Chair:
Observer’s and CEO’s comments are solicited.
Commission surveys on-site evaluators:.
Writes & Submits Report and Institution Responds
writes report and sends it to DETC
sends the Chair’s Report to the institution for comment:
Institution responds to Chair’s report:
Commission Reviews, Takes Action and Announces Decision
Commission reviews surveys, Chair’s report and the institution’s response to
the Chair’s report: makes its decision and informs institution:
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