Foster, a leader in career-focused online education designed to
address the skills gap in America, today announced its accrediting
Education and Training Council (DETC), was recommended to receive
continued national recognition as a reputable and reliable accrediting
body for online and distance learning institutions by The National
Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The
Committee, which advises the Secretary of Education on matters related
to higher education accreditation, voted
to recommend to the Secretary that DETC's federal recognition be
continued without condition.
"This recommendation for continued national recognition of DETC's
accreditation program not only enhances the credibility of DETC, but
also Penn Foster," said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. "Like DETC,
Penn Foster is committed to ensuring high-quality education options are
available and accessible to any person interested in furthering their
education. Through DETC's recent recognition, Penn Foster will be able
to continue offering career-oriented, accredited programs, teaching the
skills needed to succeed in an increasingly difficult job market."
Founded in 1926, DETC is a nonprofit education association focused on
promoting educational excellence in distance education institutions by
fostering quality assurance, protection of the rights of students and
institutional self-improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer
evaluation. Today, DETC serves as the accrediting body for more than 100
institutions in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including Penn Foster, a
founding charter member of the Council.
"DETC is very proud of this recommendation for the renewal of our
federal recognition, especially because it solidifies our years of
experience and ongoing commitment to providing quality evaluations,"
said Michael P. Lambert, DETC Executive Director. "For DETC, this is a
testament to the trust students place in our accreditation."
The recommendation, pending final acceptance by the Secretary of
Education, means DETC's current Federal recognition dates from June 2012
and DETC will next be scheduled for recognition renewal in 2017. DETC's
recognition signifies its qualification to evaluate the quality of its
institutions, based on its experience accrediting educational
institutions and its acceptance as a reliable accrediting agency by the
institutions it monitors.
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster is a leader in career-focused distance
learning education for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more
than 13 million people have enrolled in the career school to learn
advanced skills, further their education and better position them for
life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and
enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to
address the massive skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster
combines high-quality, distance education with flexible and affordable
programming and allows students to design a program and curriculum based
around their schedules. For more information, visit www.
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