DETC 86th Annual Conference
April 15-17, 2012
The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa * Maui, Hawaii
The First 100 Days: DETC Staff Answers
Your Questions About
the Revised Standards, Policies and Procedures
Mr. Michael Lambert, Ms. Sally Welch, and Mrs. Nan Ridgeway
Tuesday, April 17th *
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. * Maile/Haku Rooms
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During the past year, the DETC has revised many of its policies, procedures, and standards. This session with the DETC staff will detail the changes made to the policies, procedures, and standards, as well as their effects on DETC accredited institutions. In addition, the staff will review the biggest mistakes institutions make when submitting Self Evaluation Reports, and how to avoid them.
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At the end of the session attendees will be up-to-date on DETC's revised policies, procedures, and standards. In addition, attendees will have a firm understanding of when the new policies take effect, and how those policies will affect attendees' institutions.
Mr. Michael P. Lambert, a native of Western Pennsylvania, has served as the Executive Director of the Distance Education and Training Council since 1992. He joined the DETC staff in 1972. Over the years he has served on more than 600 accreditation review committees in eight countries. Mr. Lambert earned a BS degree in English/Education and an MA Degree in English Literature from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and an MBA Degree in Finance from George Mason University. He has also attended the International Summer School at the University of Cambridge in England. He was a lecturer in Communications at George Mason University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the Quartermaster Corps as an officer, where he was responsible for distance study course development at the USA Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia.
Mr. Lambert has taught, written and lectured widely on distance education and accreditation since 1972, and serves on numerous advisory boards, including the CHEA Committee on Recognition, the CHEA International Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, the ACE Commission on Lifelong Learning and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, where he is the current Chair. His awards include the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the DETC Distinguished Recognition Award, the DETC Distinguished Service Award, the IUP Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the European Association for Distance Learning’s “Roll of Honour” for his lifetime contributions to the field.
Ms. Sally R. Welch is the Associate Director of DETC. Ms. Welch joined the DETC in 1974 as the Assistant to the Accrediting Program Coordinator. She became Director of Publications in 1976, in 1992 she was appointed Assistant Director, and in 2007 she was named Associate Director. Having worked in the field of distance education for more than 37 years, she has authored, coauthored, and edited numerous publications on distance education. She has given presentations on distance education before legislative committees, government agencies, and other organizations and associations throughout the United States, including DETC conferences, workshops, and seminars. She has served on more than 150 on-site accrediting examinations in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. She received the DETC’s “Distinguished Recognition Award” in 1984 and 2004. Ms. Welch earned a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and a M.A. degree from the University of Baltimore.
Mrs. Nan Ridgeway joined the Distance Education and Training Council as the Director of Accreditation in August of 2005. As Director of Accreditation, Mrs. Ridgeway guides institutions through the process of initial and re-accreditation. She works to assure institutional compliance with the Commission’s published educational and ethical business standards. Mrs. Ridgeway coordinates the work of hundreds of volunteer evaluators who assist the Commission in verifying the standards. Prior to joining the DETC, Mrs. Ridgeway served as an Accreditation Associate for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). She earned a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at Strayer University.
Changes to the 2012 DETC Accreditation Handbook (PDF)