Assuring Quality in Distance Education

Accreditation, Regulation, and the Standards Movement

Authored by: Julie Porosky Hamlin , Lori Williams

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138238992
eBook ISBN: 9781315296135
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The chapter surveys entities that have a stake in assuring quality in postsecondary distance education (DE), examining roles, activities, and impacts. It considers the part played by accreditors—regional, national, and programmatic; highlights the recent activities of the federal and state governments; and reviews the work of other sponsors of approaches to evaluating and certifying DE quality, including colleges and universities, higher education associations, non-profit external validators, and vendors.

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