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Distance Education Accrediting Commission

1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808 Washington, D.C. 20036

+202 234 5100


The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) was founded in 1926 under the name of “National Home Study Council” to promote education quality and ethical business practices for correspondence education programs. In 1955, the Accrediting Commission was established. It created and implemented accreditation standards and procedures to examine and approve distance learning institutions. In 1959, the Accrediting Commission received its first grant of federal recognition and was listed by the U.S. Commissioner (now Secretary) of Education as an institutional accreditor. In 1994, the name of the organization changed from the National Home Study Council to the Distance Education and Training Council, and in 2015, was changed to the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

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All fees are non-refundable and are due in full. Partial payments are not accepted.
All fees are due within 30 days of invoice unless otherwise specified. Application fees (initial, renewal, and substantive change part 1) are due at the time of submission. DEAC will not process an application until it receives the fee.

  • Initial Application for Accreditation $4,500
  • Renewal Application for Accreditation $3,000
  • Appeals Fee $25,000
  • Arbitration Fee $25,000

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Accreditation is the review of the quality of education offered by an institution or program. In the United States, accreditation is the primary way that students, families, the public, and government officials know that an institution provides a quality education. Accreditors, such as the DEAC, are private, non-governmental organizations created for the purpose of establishing standards of accreditation and reviewing institutions and programs against these standards. Each accrediting organization has bylaws or a constitution that describes the legal framework for its activities and operations. The accreditation process entails
    • the preparation of a self-evaluation report – a detailed examination of how the institution meets accreditation standards and policies
    • a team visit and report prepared by a team of education administrators, faculty, and practitioners with specialized expertise who determine whether or not accreditation standards are being met
  • a final review and accreditation decision made by the accreditor’s decision-making council or commission. The Commission members typically include education administrators, faculty, members of the public and other experts in the education field.
Accreditation Standards – requirements accreditors establish in areas that include academic quality, curriculum requirements, faculty, student services, ethical business practice, academic support services, learning and research resources, administrative capacity and financial capacity. These standards are developed by the accreditor in consultation with the institutions, faculty, students, administrators and members of the public. Accreditation Policies – set forth descriptions of the functions and activities of the accrediting organization. Policies typically describe the process of accreditation, substantive changes, due process, appeals, information sharing and conflict of interest. Policies are also developed in consultation with institutions and the public.

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