For additional information, go online to www.acics.org.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the regional
body for the accreditation of higher education institutions
in the southern states. SACS was founded in 1895
in Atlanta, Georgia. Accreditation by the Commission
on Colleges signifies that an institution has a
purpose appropriate to higher education and has
resources, programs, and services sufficient to
accomplish and sustain that purpose.
The Commission expects institutions to dedicate
themselves to enhancing the quality of their programs
and services within the context of their missions,
resources, and capacities, and to create an environment
in which teaching, public service, research, and
For additional information about the Commission
of SACS, go to www.sacscoc.org.
The Council on Occupational Education (COE)
is a national accrediting agency that is committed
to assuring quality and integrity in career and
workforce development. The Council is a non-profit
voluntary membership organization serving postsecondary
education and training institutions, centers, and
similar entities interested in the improvement of
the workforce in the United States of America.
The Council is the successor to the Commission
on Occupational Education Institutions, founded
in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The
Council's current membership is approximately 450
candidate and accredited institutions.
The Council is unique among accrediting agencies
due to the diversity of its membership and service
recipients. Members include public technical education
institutions, private non-profit and for-profit
job preparation schools, job corps centers, military
technical training centers, national defense schools,
federal agency institutions, corporate and industry
training units and community-based training programs.
The goal of the Council is to assure quality and
integrity in career and workforce development through
Additional information on COE can be found at www.council.org.
The Distance Education and Training Council
(DETC) was founded in 1926 to promote sound educational
standards and ethical business practices within
the correspondence field. The Accrediting Commission
was established in 1955 and shortly thereafter gained
the approval of the U. S. Department of Education
as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CHEA
also recognizes the Accrediting Commission. It recently
has emerged as a leader in global distance learning.
The mission of DETC is to promote the development
and maintenance of high educational and ethical
standards in education and training programs delivered
through distance learning. Today more than 3 million
Americans are enrolled in DETC-accredited institution.
Eligibility is determined by institutions which,
among other things, transmit to students organized
instructional materials, provide continuous two-way
communication on student work, and offer courses
of instruction which must be studied predominantly
at a distance trom the institution.
For additional information on DETC, go their web
site at www.detc.org.
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