In addition to the DETC publications, there
are several valuable publications and web sites on distance education
topics. The following listings are just a few.
The DETC does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance,
timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further,
the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext
is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended
to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered,
on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.
If you have questions about links, please send an email to Rob Chalifoux, DETC's Director of Media and Events.
CHEA Videos on Accreditation
Four short videos on accreditation are currently available from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The following four videos provide short, user-friendly information on accreditation:
- Accreditation and Its Value to You
When a college, university or vocational school says that it is accredited, it is saying that it has been reviewed by experts and has a seal of approval.
- Types of Accreditation: What's the Difference?
To be accredited, a school or program undergoes a review by an accrediting organization. Institutional accreditors review entire colleges, universities or vocational schools. Programmatic accreditors review programs in areas ranging from the health professions to engineering.
- Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills
Degree mills market worthless degrees. If you are a student, you will get no education and receive a useless credential if you attend a degree mill.
- The Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a nonprofit association that focuses exclusively on higher education accreditation. CHEA is the private sector organization that "recognizes" accrediting organizations, as does the U.S. Department of Education.
Online Distance Education Resources
ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training
The ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training contains ACE credit recommendations for formal courses or examinat offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military.
ABOUT.com: Distance Learning
Jamie Littlefield's all-purpose guide to distance learning provides clear, convenient, and dependable information on a wide range of topics regarding distance education. Join in message board and live chat discussions and read articles on distance education from around the world. ABOUT.com is a New York Times-owned and operated site.
DANTES Military Evaluations and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Materials
Higher education program reference materials for DANTES, including ACE Military Evaluation Program References and SOC Program References.
An online degree directory that provides online degree listings and rankings of CHEA-accredited schools.
Peterson’s Guide to Distance Learning
Published for the University Continuing Education Association,
this guide provides details on 1,000 degree and certificate programs
available from nearly 900 institutions.
Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities
Leading online education portal lets you request free information
from trade schools, colleges, and universities across the US and
U.S. Department of Education’s List of Recognized Accrediting
A listing of those accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education.
U.S. Department of Education’s List of Recognized Accredited Institutions
A database listing of accredited institutions accredited by the recognized accrediting agencies.
Distance Learning Publications
Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education
Published for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation,
this directory lists CHEA’s members and their accrediting
DANTES Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
publishes this catalog. It lists institutions that have signed
an MOU to participate in the available DANTES program.
Distance Education Report
Subscribe online for the "Distance Education Report"
published by Magna Publications and written by Dr. Farhad Saba.
This is a practitioner’s journal for college and university
managers and users of information resources—information,
technology, and services. Articles relate to planning for, developing,
managing, evaluating, and using information resources for colleges
GetEducated Weekly is a FREE e-newsletter with free financial aid tips, news of online scholarships, announcements of new online university and college degree programs, and free job listings in online education.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. Our mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm.
Journal of Distance Education
The Journal of Distance Education is an international publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). Its aims are to promote and encourage Canadian scholarly work in distance education and provide a forum for the dissemination of international scholarship.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration is a peer-reviewed electronic journal offered free each quarter over the World Wide Web. The journal welcomes manuscripts based on original work of practitioners and researchers with specific focus or implications for the management of distance education programs.
Never Too Late to Learn
by Vicky Phillips. Published by Random House/Princeton Review
Books. This book includes helpful insights and strategies based
on the authors experience counseling and instruction more than
17,000 adult learners online and on campus.
No Significant Difference Phenomenon
This website has been designed to serve as a companion piece
to Thomas L. Russell’s book, “The No Significant Difference
Phenomenon” (2001, IDECC, fifth edition). Mr. Russell’s
book is a fully indexed, comprehensive research bibliography of
355 research reports, summaries and papers that document no significant
differences (NSD) in student outcomes between alternate modes
of education delivery,
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information,
designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making
decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years,
the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions,
the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job
prospects in a wide range of occupations.
ACT, Inc. Information for Life’s Transitions (formerly
American College Testing)
ACT, Inc., is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research,
information, and program management services in the broad areas
of educational planning, career planning, and workforce development.
American Association of Collegiate Independent
AACIS is a membership association of individual
educators who are engaged in collegiate independent/correspondence
study. AACIS fees are only $25 annually. They publish a newsletter,
The Study Guide, and hold an annual conference each November. Visit the ACCIS website for information on becoming a member.
American Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
AACRAO is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional
association of more than 9,400 higher education administrators
who represent nearly 2,500 institutions and agencies in the
United States and in twenty-eight countries around the world.
Our mission is to provide leadership in developing and implementing
policy in the global educational community with a focus on the
identification and promotion of standards and best practices
in enrollment management, information technology, instructional
management, and student services.
American Council on Education (ACE)
The American Council on Education (ACE),
founded in 1918, is the nation's coordinating higher education
association. ACE is dedicated to the belief that equal educational
opportunity and a strong higher education system are essential
cornerstones of a democratic society. Its approximately 1,800
members include accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities
from all sectors of higher education and other education and
education-related organizations. ACE is a forum for the discussion
of major issues related to higher education and its potential
to contribute to the quality of American life.
Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CINE)
The Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) is a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada. CNIE connects educators, administrators and practitioners in a bilingual, pan Canadian network. Our group promotes research and advances practice in both open and distance education and the use of educational technologies. CNIE addresses all educational contexts, including K-12, post-secondary, and private sector.
The College Board is a 100-year-old, not-for-profit
membership association. Its mission is to prepare, inspire,
and connect students to college and opportunity. Its members
include more than 3,800 schools, colleges, universities, and
other educational associations.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
CAEL is a national organization dedicated
to expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults. Through
collaboration with educational institutions, industry, government,
and labor, CAEL promotes learning as a tool to empower people
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
CHEA coordinates research, analysis, debate,
meetings, and other activities and processes that improve accreditation;
collects and disseminates data and information about accreditation,
its "best practices" and quality assurance; fosters
communication and exchange on accreditation issues within the
higher education community; mediates disputes between institutions
of higher learning and accreditors, as necessary; and works
through accreditation to maintain institutional quality and
diversity. Web site contains a list of CHEA-recognized accrediting
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education
DANTES is a tuition assistance program run
by the Department of Defense as dedictated by DoD Instruction
1322.5 and DoD Directive 1322.8 which govern the off-duty voluntary
education programs offered to military personnel. It available
to active duty Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Active Guard Reservists,
Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, and Air Force Reserve
Command personnel. For more information, check their Web site.
Instructional Technology Council
A national, non-profit organization that
represents postsecondary educational institutions that are involved
in distance learning. An affiliate of the Council of American
Association of Community College, ITC represents more than 500
educational institutions from across the United States and Canada.
Members include community colleges, four-year institutions,
non-profit and for-profit organizations, and individuals.
International Association for Continuing
Education and Training (IACET)
A non-profit association of education and
training organizations and individuals devoted to the constructive
and consistent use of the Continuing Education Unit and to the
improvement of the quality and effectiveness of continuing education,
training and human resource development. Its major objectives
are: (1) to promote the development, interpretation and dissemination
of the best methods, standards and ideals for the use of the
CEU; and (2) to assist in strengthening educational and professional
standards in the field of continuing education and training.
International Centre for Distance Learning
The International Centre for Distance Learning
(ICDL) is an international centre for research, teaching, consultancy,
information and publishing activities based in the Institute
of Educational Technology that received world class rating in
the 1992 and 1996 Higher Education Funding Council for England
(HEFCE) Research Assessment Exercises. ICDL promotes international
research and collaboration by providing information from its
library and databases; other audiences are reached through publications.
An essential knowledge resource built up over 15 years is its
distance education library and databases.
National Association of State Administrators
and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS)
The membership of NASASPS consists of those
administrators and supervisors in the United States, including
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and
other U.S. territories, and Canada who have administrative and
supervisory responsibility for the regulation and supervision
of private occupational educational programs delivered in residence,
home study, distance education, or any combination thereof and
other individuals interested in private occupational education.
Members include community colleges, four-year institutions,
non-profit and for-profit.
National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting
and analyzing data that are related to education in the United
States and other nationals.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational
opportunities to servicemembers, who, because they frequently
moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees.
Today SOC is a consortium of more than 1,400 colleges and universities
that provide educational opportunities for servicemembers and
their families. SOC is cosponsored by the American Association
of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American
Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in cooperation with
13 other educational associations, the Military Services, the
National Guard, and the Coast Guard. SOC is funded by the Department
of Defense (DoD) through a contract with AASCU. The contract
is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional
Education Support (DANTES).
United States Department of Education
Its mission, as a Department, is to ensure
equal access to education and to promote educational excellence
for all Americans.
United States Department of Education, Office
of Postsecondary Education
This division of the U.S. Department of Education
is responsible for recognizing accrediting agencies.
The United States Distance Learning Association
The United States Distance Learning Association
is a nonprofit organization formed in 1987. The association's
purpose is to promote the development and application of distance
learning for education and training. The constituents we serve
include Pre-K through grade 12 education, higher education,
home school education, continuing education, corporate training,
military and government training, and telemedicine.
University Continuing Education Association
Founded in 1915, the University Continuing
Education Association (formerly the National University Continuing
Education Association) is among the oldest college and university
associations in the United States. As the principal US organization
for continuing higher education, the Association assists institutions
of higher learning and affiliated nonprofit organizations to
increase access through a wide array of educational programs
Western Interstate Commission for Higher
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher
Education is a regional organization created by the Western
Regional Education Compact, adopted in the 1950s by Western
states. WICHE is an interstate compact created by formal legislative
action of the states and the U.S. Congress. Fifteen states are
members of WICHE. In 2000,WICHE published "Guidelines for
Electronically Offered Degrees" which were adopted by all
six regional accrediting agencies.
ADEC (American Distance Education Consortium)
An international consortium of state universities and land grant
institutions providing high quality and economic distance education
programs and services via the latest and most appropriate information
America’s Learning eXchange (ALX)
ALX is one of four complementary, Web-based services offered free
to the public by the U.S. Department of Labor through America’s
Career Kit. ALX is supported by many professional training and
educational organizations dedicated to providing the knowledge,
expertise, and constituent networks to ensure users find the resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer.
EDUCAUSE is an international, nonprofit association whose mission
is to help shape and enable transformational change in higher
education through the introduction, use, and management of information
resources and technologies in teaching, learning, scholarship,
research, and institutional management. EDUCAUSE membership is
open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving
the higher education information technology market, and other
related associations and organizations. EDUCAUSE programs include
professional development activities, print and electronic publications,
strategic/policy initiatives, research and development, and a
wealth of online information services. Current membership includes
more than 1,700 colleges, universities, and education organizations
and more than 150 corporations.
eLearners.com serves the online learning community by helping online learners find the most appropriate distance learning providers for their needs. eLearners.com provides services and resources that help online learners succeed, while helping education providers market their programs and enroll students.
NCES College Navigator
National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator is your direct link to more than 9,000 colleges and universities
in the United States. If you are thinking about a large university,
a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, a community
college, a career or technical college or a trade school, you
can find them all here. College Navigator is brought
to you by the NCES and the
U.S. Department of Education.
Berkeley Digital Library
The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE builds digital collections and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide.
Internet Public Library (IPL)
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress features a searchable electronic catalog
(great for bibliographic research) and online exhibits from the
The Online Books Page offers more than 10,000 online books searchable
by author, subject and title. It includes a directory of sites
that have English and foreign language online texts.
National Archives and Records Administration
The NARA features guides to and exhibits from the federal documentary
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
This is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and
research organization. More than 24,000 libraries in 63 countries
use OCLC services.
U.S. Copyright Office
This site lists all areas of copyright in the U.S. and internationally.
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