Distance Education and Training Council


Distance Education and Training Council

The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is a non-profit national educational accreditation agency in the United States specializing in the accreditation of distance education institutions.

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History

The DETC was established in 1926 as the National Home Study Council (NHSC), a trade association for correspondence schools.[1][2] Its formation was in response to a Carnegie Corporation study that found a lack of standards to ensure quality in correspondence schools and protect their students and the public from fraud.[1] Under its first director, John Noffsinger, the NHSC developed a list of minimum standards for proprietary schools. The NHSC adopted its current name in 1994.[1]

Accreditation

In 1959 the NHSC was formally recognized by the U.S. Office of Education as an accreditor of higher education institutions. Currently the DETC is recognized by Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education as an accreditor of institutions of higher education. According to DETC, it is made up of over 100 distance education institutions located in 21 states and 7 countries. These institutions include non-profit institutions, trade associations, for-profit companies, colleges and universities, and military organizations.[3]

Comparing DETC with regional accreditation

DETC is a national accreditor and should not be confused with regional accreditation. The vast majority of all schools in the United States are regionally accredited from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and higher education institutions. Some regionally accredited schools accept and recognize the accreditations of nationally accredited schools, but others do not.[4][5] Michael Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the DETC, says that about 70% of DETC graduates are successful in transferring credits. He also asserts that the "vast majority" of employers do view DETC as being equal, since DETC institutions are accepted for the tuition reimbursement programs in most corporations today.[6]

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) offered an opinion in a November 2000 statement that, "Institutions and accreditors need to assure that transfer decisions are not made solely on the source of accreditation of a sending program or institution."[7] The Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) online directory[8] was designed by DETC to help students and the public find educational institutions with transfer practices consistent with criteria articulated by CHEA in its Statement to the Community: Transfer and Public Interest.[9] According to CHEA, institutions that are members of HETA have agreed that their "transfer decisions are not made solely on the basis of the accredited status of a sending institution and that the institution has agreed at least to consider transfer requests from other institutions."[8] The HETA directory provides links to member institutions so that students and others can review a specific institution's transfer policies and practice.

U.S. military accreditation

The DETC provides accreditation for three branches of the United States military. The Air Force’s Air University, The Marine Corps Institute and the Army Institute for Professional Development (ATIC-SDL) are listed as degree-granting institutions with the DETC.[10]

Imitator

An unrelated entity based in Cyprus that calls itself the "Distance Education and Training Council" promotes itself on the Internet with a website that uses a United Kingdom domain name. In April 2010, Inside Higher Ed reported that DETC officials thought the imitator was an accreditation mill. A page on the UK-registered website was found to be a verbatim copy of content from the website of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[11]

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