Workers in Washington state with credentials from a DETC accredited institution will now be entitled to the same salary increases as their peers with credentials from regionally accredited institutions, thanks to action taken by the state’s Professional Educator Standards board and its most recent meeting.
The board approved including DETC as an accrediting body for purposes of salary schedule in Washington state during its meeting March 24-25, and the rule will go into effect in the next 45 days.
This is a great victory for DETC institutions and their students, and also the first time in recent history a state law has been successfully amended to include DETC along with regional agencies for professional employment standards.
The successful revision of the law would not have been possible without the concerted efforts of Drs. Stanley Paris and Cindy Mathena of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL, who worked with DETC and Washington state officials to make the case for the revision.
Also integral to DETC’s inclusion in the revised law was Mr. David Brenna, the PESB’s Legislative and Policy Coordinator, who provided thoughtful advice and help throughout the process.
The revised text of the law, to be included in Washington Administrative Code 181-78A-010, is below:
(7) "Accredited institution of higher education," for purposes of credit on salary schedule per RCW 28A.415.024, means a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or a community college, college, or university, which is a candidate for accreditation or is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
This is an excellent development for DETC, its institutions, and especially the students in Washington state.
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