The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) accredits online college degree programs. In addition to accrediting programs in the United States, DETC also accredits programs and online degree courses in Canada, Japan, South Africa, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Since online learning is truly global, this international presence helps provide a consistent learning experience across the world.
DETC has been working within the distance learning field since 1926. They originally were named the National Home Study Council but changed to their current name in 1994. The DETC is a non-profit organization that is recognized by both the Council on Higher Education as well as the U.S. Department of Education. The DETC accredits fully online learning programs and schools, as well as on-campus degree programs that have a distance learning option.
A major focuses of the DETC is to establish, monitor, and ensure a high quality of distance education programs; from educational outcomes to professional and educational standards. A full description of all the services offered by DETC can be found at http://www.detc.org/.