The Distance Education Accrediting Commission has the authority to establish and promulgate criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of distance education institutions. These criteria take the form of Accreditation Standards, Policies, and Procedures set forth in the DEAC Accreditation Handbook. The Accrediting Commission uses these criteria as it evaluates institutions and makes accreditation decisions. The criteria are under a continual and systematic review. Changes are made as appropriate and as required.

Persons, institutions and organizations with an interest in the Commission’s accreditation standards and policies are invited to comment on Proposed Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures. and will be notified of the date for when any changes will be given final consideration by the Accrediting Commission. Interested persons, institutions, and organizations will be given at least 30 days to file written comments with the Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission.

The Accrediting Commission, after considering written comments, will conduct a further review of changes proposed to the Standards, Policies and Procedures. The Commission may adopt the changes to Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures as proposed, adopt with changes or modifications, defer action until further study and consideration is given, or discard the proposed changes altogether.

The Accrediting Commission has completed the call for comment on proposed changes to the DEAC Accreditation Handbook in accordance with its procedures set forth in Section XIX.D. Processes and Procedures for Adoption. Some proposed changes are minor editorial revisions or technical and conforming amendments. Other changes are more substantive. Comments were received through Friday, April 19, 2019, and are currently under review by the DEAC Standards Committee and the Board of Directors.