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ERIC Number: ED483322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
DETC Accreditation Overview
Distance Education and Training Council
Each year an estimated 5 million Americans pursue education or training through what is known as distance education. Distance education, which is also known as distance study, e-learning online education, correspondence study, home study, independent study, and other various terms, has existed in America for more than a century. Yet, few teachers, counselors, students and prospective students have an accurate picture of distance education. Even fewer people understand the meaning and purpose of accreditation. Today, an estimated 300 private institutions and over 4,000 colleges and other institutions offer distance education programs. While many programs are worthwhile, some are not. This booklet is designed to help prospective students, counselors, public agencies and institutions better understand distance education accreditation and how the accreditation procedures of the DETC Accrediting Commission work. This booklet will answer many of the questions raised about distance study accreditation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A