Education Dept. Allows Accreditor to Evaluate Distance-Education Programs

The U.S. Department of Education agreed last month to let the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology accredit distance-education programs. Last year, the committee that evaluates accreditors' compliance with the department's standards questioned whether the commission had the expertise to assess online programs.

The department's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity said the commission had answered those questions to the