Serving on a DETC 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. DETC’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 thecontribution of volunteer evaluators.
Over 300 talented experts who represent all aspects of distance education participate as DETC volunteer evaluators.
DETC evaluator documents set forth expectations, specific tasks and procedures for examining committee members.
Training includes accreditation workshops, online courses and one-on-one
mentoring before, during and after visits.
Accreditation is a practice of peer review and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards of education quality.
Volunteers must adhere to protocols, policies and procedures and conduct their
work according to these expectations.
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