Sessions College Awarded Re-Accreditation
NEW YORK (February 28th, 2011) Sessions College for Professional Design, a fully online college of visual arts, today announced that on January 14th, 2011 it was awarded re-accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
“The reaccreditation of Sessions College by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is a singularly important milestone in the College’s impressive history of being a cutting-edge, pioneering institution in online higher education today,” said Michael Lambert, Executive Director of the DETC. “It marks the third time in the past decade that Sessions College has been evaluated by DETC and has been found to meet or exceed the DETC high standards for academic quality and administrative excellence. Students, employers, regulatory officials and other stakeholders should have the highest level of confidence in Sessions College because of this re-accreditation, especially given the rigorous process used by DETC in evaluating institutions. We salute Sessions on this very significant achievement.”
Founded in New York City in 1997 and now licensed in the state of Arizona, Sessions College offers online degree and certificate programs in the visual arts. An early pioneer in online education, Sessions College was first accredited by DETC in January 2001, when it became the first accredited entirely online school of design. At the time, other art schools were beginning to offer online programs, but no other accredited institution was delivering design education entirely via an online platform.
Sessions College was awarded reaccreditation in 2011 at the end of a year of many achievements, including the establishment of a new main campus in Tempe, Arizona, and the launch of the school’s first Associate’s-level degree programs.
“Our reaccreditation is an achievement of which everyone at Sessions College—administration, faculty, and students—can be justly proud,” said Sessions College President Gordon Drummond. “The DETC accreditation standards that we are asked to meet are instrumental in helping us meet our goals, not only in providing quality assurance to our students and other schools, but also in institutional planning and growth. Sessions has always stood for quality and innovation, and to gain this important seal of approval at a time of some turmoil in online education is a sign that Sessions College is on the right track.”
About the Distance Education and Training Council
The Distance Education and Training Council is a nationally recognized educational association and accrediting agency located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1926, DETC’s mission is to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices in distance learning. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The DETC has emerged as a leading accrediting association in global distance learning. DETC has accredited members in Australia, Japan, and throughout the United States. With its 85 years of history and its highly refined and federally recognized accreditation program, DETC offers distance learning institutions relevant and rigorous academic and business standards.
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