Documents Out For Public Comment
The DETC Accrediting Commission has the authority to establish and promulgate criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of distance education institutions. These criteria take the form of Accreditation Standards, Policies, and Procedures set forth in the DETC Accreditation Handbook. The Accrediting Commission uses these criteria as it evaluates institutions and makes accreditation decisions. The criteria are under a continual and systematic review. Changes are made as appropriate and as required.
Persons, institutions and organizations with an interest in the Commission’s accreditation standards and policies are invited to comment on Proposed Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures. and will be notified of the date for when any changes will be given final consideration by the Accrediting Commission. Interested persons, institutions, and organizations will be given at least 30 days to file written comments with the Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission.
The Accrediting Commission, after considering written comments, will conduct a further review of changes proposed to the Standards, Policies and Procedures. The Commission may adopt the changes to Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures as proposed, adopt with changes or modifications, defer action until further study and consideration is given, or discard the proposed changes altogether.
The Commission approved the following changes for public comment. Affected institutions, students, and the public are invited to submit comments on the changes. Comments are due on the date indicated below and should be sent to Sally Welch via email. Please write “Comments on Proposed Changes” in the subject line of your e-mail, and expect an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your comments.
Note: The DETC Accrediting Commission undertook a comprehensive revision and reorganization of Section III of the Business Standards in the DETC Accreditation Handbook. The changes are proposed in order to (1) achieve greater clarity of the intent and purpose of the standards, (2) institute terminology more commonly associated with higher education policy language, (3) assure adequate student protections, and (4) reduce redundancies that occur in the current language of these standards.Comments on the following standards are due September 15, 2014.