| Accreditation of State Registered Online Institutions of Higher Learning
The DISTANCE GRADUATION ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION (DGAA) is an international
professional accrediting association providing employers with a resource
of acceptability of college degrees attained through non traditional means,
such as the Internet or correspondence.
Accreditation by DGAA is not
an analysis of individual university academic programs, but a measure of
the acceptability of the college degree by major corporations worldwide.
Colleges and universities that gain accreditation by the DISTANCE GRADUATION
ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION are mostly untraditional institutions, determined
to provide qualified degreed students that meet or exceed those of more traditionally
To be accredited by the DISTANCE GRADUATION
ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION, an institution must provide full distance degree
programs. Whether the institution offers traditional campus-based learning
is not relevant: determination of accreditation for these institutions is
based on extensive research of the databases of major corporations worldwide.
Individuals that have earned high ranking corporate positions using degrees
acquired primarily by distance graduation means are analyzed for the purpose
of creating a database of distance graduation institutions turning out qualified
The integrity, reliability and opportunities
for career advancement are of primary concern when evaluating a school for
possible Accreditation. Opportunities for collegiality and interaction are
also of substance, but lesser so than the former concerns.
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) praises the DISTANCE
GRADUATION ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION in its 2002 annual meeting report as one
of the earliest established U.S. distance education accrediting bodies (view report, seventh paragraph). AACTE itself is RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. DGAA accreditation, however, is not designed to meet the needs of students intending to use U.S. Federal Funds.
DISTANCE GRADUATION ACCREDITING ASSOCIATION differs from most accrediting
agencies in that we do not seek approval from individual governments, but
operate beyond frontiers of national or cultural interest which we consider
fictitious in this century of boundless international educational resources.