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Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States
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Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration Volume 17, Number 3 ISSN 1556-3847

Abstract

A review of distance education accreditation policies and standards written by the six United States regional accrediting commissions and two national accrediting organizations: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - The Higher Learning Commission; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges; the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The proliferation of the distance education policies introduced by these accrediting bodies within the last decade creates a need to review how these policies articulate institutional context and commitment; curriculum and instruction; faculty and faculty support; student support; and evaluation and assessment for institutions undergoing or about to undergo accreditation review.

Citation

Keil, S. & Brown, A. Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(3),. Retrieved December 3, 2020 from .

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