ERIC Number: ED407566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation Handbook. Policies, Procedures, and Standards of the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Updated Version.
Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.
Intended to assist institutions in understanding and preparing for evaluation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), this handbook compiles the commission's policies, procedures, and standards. Section 1 describes the DETC and its Accrediting Commission. Section 2 answers such questions as why become accredited, what accreditation is, what distance education is, and the benefits of accreditation. Section 3 describes Accrediting Commission members and staff, its powers and responsibilities, and communication with it. Section 4 focuses on the process of accreditation: which institutions are eligible, steps in the process, communications between Commission and institutions, right to appeal or reconsideration, review of duly-accredited institutions, obligations of accreditation, resignation of accreditation, and review of standards. Section 5 consists of questions and answers on accreditation. Section 6 is an introduction to standards, guides, policies, and rating forms. Section 7 lists the accreditation standards. Appendixes comprising the bulk of the handbook include the following: a guide to self-evaluation report and institutional summary profile; other guides to self-evaluation; special policies; rating forms; reports; DETC business standards; other forms, policies, procedures, questionnaires, and guidelines; fees; glossary; and DETC Accreditation Handbook update sheet. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Adult Education, Correspondence Schools, Correspondence Study, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Eligibility, Home Study, Institutional Evaluation, Vocational Education
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org ($20).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.