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COVID-19 Guidance Weblinks - Institutional (formerly regional) Accreditors

Institutional (formerly regional) Accreditors have provided the following guidance (note that is is changing regularly):

  • C-RAC Members COVID-19 Response Page  Note this was updated!  Letter from C-RAC to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to extend current guidance related to distance education review requirements through the 2020-21 academic school year. (April 21, 2020)



  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC): HLC has shared information on their website under Coronavirus Updates  (also accessible through the link at the top of their home page). Note this updated section from April 21, 2020: “Notify HLC of Changes to Educational Offerings,” including requesting a temporary distance education waiver.  Also note the Answers to FAQ's including pass/fail, waiving graduation requirements, offering distance ed. etc. updated 5/15/20



  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE): Please review the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Update webpage.  NECHE is currently handling any waivers of distance education requirements on a case-by-case basis.  "We recognize that institutions are making changes in the academic calendar and modes of delivery to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while ensuring the best possible academic experience possible in these circumstances, in light of the Commission’s Standards and policies and federal guidance.  We appreciate hearing from institutions about these accommodations."




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