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Deakin’s off-campus coursework courses - up to and including Masters level - are accredited by the US-based Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Initially granted in January 2005 for five years, this accreditation is an external recognition of both Deakin’s academic and administrative quality and its ongoing quality assurance processes.
Australian universities are self-accrediting; however, Deakin sought external accreditation of its distance education coursework courses in order to indicate that it meets certain standards in an international context.
External educational accreditation in this context is a third party guarantee that Deakin will provide the quality of education it claims to offer, that it operates on a sound financial basis, offers approved programs of study, follows recruitment and admissions policies that meet set standards and has qualified academic staff, as well as adequate facilities and equipment.
Established in 1926, the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) has set the standard for correspondence study and distance education institutions in the USA.
Although most DETC member institutions are currently to be found in America, the statutes of the organisation enable it to accredit institutions outside the USA.
In a more and more global quality assurance community, DETC itself has been keen to internationalise and new degree-granting members have recently been accredited in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.