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DETC, we warmly congratulate Westlawn Institute on its
well-deserved grant of reaccreditation."
Westlawn director, Dave Gerr, stated:
“People outside of the aca-
demic world are often unfa-
miliar with the accreditation
process. It is exhaustive. In
fact, the U.S. Department of
Education sets the overall
regulations that govern the
process, and in recent years
has made requirements more
and more rigorous. This in-
cludes a requirement that all
accredited institutions be
100% compliant with all
regulations and standards.
There is no longer any allow-
ance even for minor devia-
tions. In addition to comply-
ing with regulations and
standards, accredited institu-
tions must submit their entire
curriculum for review to two
outside experts in the field
being taught. These experts
are selected independently by
DETC and, favorable or not,
the school never knows who
the reviewing experts are, so
evaluations are completely
unbiased and completely
independent. Accreditation
further looks at every aspect
of a school’s operation, from
enrollment and grading poli-
cies, through student services, to financial and accounting
practices, to long-range planning.
Though it’s a big project and a big investment for any
school—made even tougher by the new Department of
cation rules—the work involved for accreditation pays o
in systematically ensuring that the school evaluates and
improves its programs and operations. Further, the scho
receives outside assessmen
and recommendations fro
other education profession
Even more important is the
benefit to our students who
can be assured of the very
educational experience, in
try recognition of their trai
ing, and the ability to trans
credit to other schools and
educational programs. We’
found DETC to be an inval
able partner for over four d
ades, and look forward to t
continued support.”
In addition to its long-standi
U.S. accreditation by DETC,
Westlawn Institute’s Yacht
Boat Design Program was a
credited by th
in London, England, in May
2011. Westlawn Institute th
maintains two accreditation
U.S. and international.
a non-profit accrediting association located in Washing-
ton, D.C. The Council was founded in 1926 to promote
sound educational standards and ethical business prac-
tices within the correspondence field. The independent
nine-member Accrediting Commission of the DETC was
established in 1955; shortly thereafter it gained the
approval of th
as a
"nationally recognized accrediting agency" under terms
of Public Law
also recognizes the Accrediting Commis-
With its 86 years of history and its highly refined and
federally recognized accreditation program, DETC offers
distance-learning institutions the most current, relevant
and practical services for the 21st Century. DETC ac-
creditation assures students, employers and the public
that the institutions it accredits have been thoroughly
evaluated and been found to meet the highest educa-
tional and administrative standards of excellence.
"In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education issued a
report stating that students who took all or part of their
instruction online performed better, on average, that
those taking the same course through face-to-face in-
Michael P. Lambert, DETC Executive Director