The Accreditation Process

The accreditation process is the cornerstone of DETC ability to continually ensure the high quality of education offered by its accredited institutions.

The Pre-Workshop Application for Initial Applicant Schools is the first step required for any institution seeking initial accreditation from DETC, or for any institution currently accredited by another institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that is seeking initial accreditation from DETC.


Through the accreditation process, DETC assesses the effectiveness of an institution’s educational programs by evaluating the infrastructure that supports the delivery of programs as well as educational outcomes, including the rates of student achievement such as student graduation and graduate employment. Each of these factors is evaluated within the context of an institution’s stated mission.


Learn More:

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Beginning the Accreditation Process
  • Standards of Accreditation
  • About DETC