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Distance Education Assessment


Distance Education Assessment

Knowing where you stand is the first step toward making progress

Accreditation is a primary means of quality assurance for students, and therefore a critical investment all colleges and universities must undertake. Particularly given the market shift toward online learning that has been accelerated by COVID-19, achieving accreditation on distance education programs has never been more important.

(SEA)results Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment enables higher education leaders around the world to benchmark their distance education capability, quality, scalability, and sustainability along forty data points spanning Consumer Protection, Institutional Viability, Academic Quality, and Technology Enterprise dimensions—using accreditation standards developed by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission.

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Actionable Evaluation That
Streamlines Improvement

Map your results to DEAC national accreditor standards.

Identify and prioritize your distance accreditation risks.

Build awareness of digital education effectiveness across the institution.

Plan a continuous improvement process and risk mitigation.

Measure your progress over time.

High Quality Distance Education

The (SEA)results Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment is a collaboration between Higher Digital and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), the leading national accreditor of distance education institutions. Our assessment provides colleges and universities with a quick, cost-effective evaluation of your online programs and an optional customized plan for improvement, helping you bring high-quality distance education to your students of today and tomorrow.

What We Measure


Measures how clearly and fairly you communicate the costs and requirements of the institutions education programs to prospective students.


Measures how well you understand and prioritize your institution’s mission and strategic plans as well as your ability to communicate it across the institution.


Measures whether the academic policies and procedures support your institutional mission, to effectively meet student, faculty and staff needs.


Measures the maturity of your education technology ecosystem, including system efficiency, effectiveness, and interface between faculty and students.

Your Results

Regardless of the size or complexity of your institution and/or technology portfolio, the (SEA)results Distance Education Assessment will help you understand 1) how you are doing relative to established best practices, and 2) how you compare to other institutions of similar type, size, and location.

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Our Partner

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as an institutional accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. DEAC’s geographic area of accreditation activities includes all states within the United States and international locations.