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Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC)

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The accrediting organizations identified in this directory are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Recognition by CHEA affirms that the standards and processes of the accrediting organization are consistent with the academic quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established, including the eligibility standard that the majority of institutions or programs each accredits are degree-granting.

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Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
Roger J. Williams, Interim Chief Executive Officer and President
750 First Street NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-6781
Fax: 202-842-2593
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, September 2012

CHEA-Recognized Scope of Accreditation
Accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical or occupational careers including those that offer those programs via distance education or internationally. (2006)

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Leah Matthews, Executive Director
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-234-5100
Fax: 202-332-1386
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, April 2013

CHEA-Recognized Scope of Accreditation
The accreditation of higher learning institutions in the United States and international locations that offer programs of study that are delivered primarily by distance (51 percent or more) and award credentials at the associate, baccalaureate, masterís, first professional and professional doctoral degree level. (2010)


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Last Modified: 1/9/2017

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