DEAC Renews Sessions College for Professional Design’s Accreditation Through 2025
Decision Comes amid a Sharp Rise in Unaccredited Distance Education in the US
TEMPE, ARIZ. JULY 29, 2020
Sessions College for Professional Design (Sessions College) announced today that the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) renewed its accreditation through 2025.
The COVID-19 pandemic gave thousands of colleges no choice but to migrate to makeshift remote programs that are not designed for an online learning paradigm and have not gone through an accreditation process. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported, “The Results Are in for Remote Learning, It Didn’t Work”. With back-to-school strategies still being hammered out, it is unclear when, or if, the situation will improve. By contrast, Sessions College has been unaffected and continues to deliver industry leading outcomes, such as an 84% in the field employment rate upon degree graduation and a 94% student satisfaction rating.
Accreditation is the primary means of quality assurance in United States higher education and, since 2001, Sessions College has passed the DEAC’s high bar of quality and consistency with respect to academic quality, curriculum requirements, faculty, student services, ethical business practices, academic support services, learning and research resources, administrative capacity, and financial capacity.
“As a pioneer in online education for the creative arts, Sessions College has consistently been an active participant in the rigorous accreditation process,” said Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC’s Executive Director. “This most recent grant of accreditation is a significant accomplishment and speaks to Session’s continuing commitment to education quality, dedication to student achievement, and accountability to the public.”
Sessions College’s primary mission is producing workforce-aligned design professionals that are ready for the digital job market through affordable, accredited programs. The college has a project-focused education model, innovative curriculum, immersive student experience, and affordable programs.
Online education is now among the highest priorities in academia. There is an urgency to create high-quality programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to address the growing global digital skills gap. Sessions College stands ready to respond to these educational and economic concerns.
“This renewal of accreditation is a validation for the more than 17,000 students from 90 countries who have graduated with a degree or certificate and job-ready skills for a career in design,” said Doris Granatowski, CEO of Sessions College. “It adds weight to the strong outcomes we are seeing in graduation rates, employment, and the high student satisfaction with the quality and affordability of our programs.”
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits and a quality education for the more than two million students who annually study at its accredited institutions.
About Sessions College
Founded in 1997, Sessions College is a pioneer in accredited online education and is the developer of Digital Complete© - a fully linked educational platform, including curriculum development, for online learning. Sessions College inspires current and future art and digital design professionals to achieve excellence through industry relevant, project-based online education. Our talented, passionate experts teach the artistic, digital, and critical thinking skills required by dynamic creative fields.
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