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ERIC Number: ED493909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-9
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
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Deciphering Distance Learning Accreditation: A Balance of Obstacles and Opportunities
Lindsay, Nathan
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Almost a decade ago, online education unabashedly entered the realm of higher education, and since then the proliferation of distance learning and technology use has dramatically altered the landscape of colleges and universities. Parallel to the surge in distance education have been extensive efforts to ensure quality control for the new educational offerings. Quality in distance learning has been monitored primarily through accreditation, the process by which higher education institutions are scrutinized by internal and external peer review (CHEA, 2002). Distance learning presents new challenges to traditional accreditation that have been difficult to answer or resolve. Although prior challenges to the status quo in accreditation have come through the explosion of general enrollments, the proliferation of community colleges, the extension of international programming, and the widespread infusion of part-time and non-degree students, distance education causes difficulties never before encountered (CHEA, 2002). The challenge is to delineate what should be the same as brick and mortar institutions, and what can be allowed to be different. To address this question, this paper presents the current state of distance education, how accreditation is conducted for distance education and the problems encountered in this process, and the benefits and opportunities available through the operations and evaluation of distance education. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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