• Webinar: Preparing Your Progress Report or Response to the Findings Letter
  • Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment Now Available
  • NHTSA Releases New Resources Regarding COVID-19
Webinar: Preparing Your Progress Report or Response to the Findings Letter
Thursday, May 7 @ 2pm Central Time

The site visit and accreditation process commonly result in one or more citations that require a Response to the Site Visit Findings Letter or a Progress Report. These are critical documents as the program moves through accreditation. Questions may be: what exactly are they looking for, what specifically do I need to submit, and how much detail is expected? Programs can actually submit too much data that may not be concise or does not address the citation. This ‘information overload' can result in further delaying demonstration of satisfactory compliance and the need to submit additional progress reports, further postponing acceptance. The webinar will address the keys to an appropriate response.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment Now Available
The Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC) has partnered with Higher Digital, the leading digital strategic advisor to higher education institutions, to create the (SEA)RESULTS® Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment. Using accreditation standards DEAC has developed, the assessment enables higher education leaders around the world to benchmark their distance education capability, quality, scalability, and sustainability along 40 data points spanning academic, operational, organizational, and technical dimensions.

Using the new assessment, college and university leaders will be empowered to:

  • Assess their distance education effectiveness across academic, organizational, operational, and technical dimensions, to better understand their strengths and weaknesses;

  • Plan their distance education accreditation strategy using their customized (SEA)RESULTS report and an easy-to-follow road map for implementation and achieving digital transformation; and

  • Measure performance over time to hold staff and vendors accountable.

In assessing an institution's distance education capabilities, the (SEA)RESULTS® Distance Education Effectiveness Assessment focuses on four key categories identified by DEAC:

  • Consumer Protection. Measures how clearly and fairly you communicate the costs and requirements of the institution’s education programs to prospective students.

  • Institutional Viability. Measures how well you understand and prioritize your institution's mission and strategic plans as well as your ability to communicate it across the institution.

  • Academic Quality. Measures whether the academic policies and procedures support your institutional mission, to effectively meet student, faculty, and staff needs.

  • Technology Enterprise. Measures the maturity of your education technology ecosystem, including system efficiency, effectiveness, and interface between faculty and students. This includes evaluating components such as the levels of transparency schools have with students and how they invest in their technology infrastructure to provide the highest quality education possible.

This assessment will benefit institutions planning to seek accreditation, as well as those simply looking for a quick and effective way to evaluate the effectiveness of their distance education capabilities.

The assessment can be beneficial only when questions about the current status of the program and its distance education offerings are answered honestly and with transparency. The results of the assessment are completely confidential.

Visit the Higher Digital website for more information or to take the assessment.
NHTSA Releases New Resources Regarding COVID-19
As part of the federal response to COVID-19, portals have been developed by NHTSA, where valuable resources can be found. These portals will be updated three times a week with new documents containing information on a variety of COVID-related topics. 

These resources have been developed with the aid of staff from the NHTSA Office of EMS, who have been assigned to the FEMA Healthcare Resiliency Task Force EMS/Prehospital Team. One of this team's tasks is to support and provide resources related to COVID-19 to state, local and tribal EMS and 911 systems. These resources include the following:

SAFECOM and NCSWIC Guidance on CARES Act Grants contains guidance for emergency communications stakeholders on available funding in the CARES Act. 

EMS Education Pipeline is a summary document on the status of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education pipeline during a series of recent conference calls with EMS stakeholder organizations. 

EMS Crisis Standards of Care – EMS14 is the corrected copy of the COVID-19 Crisis Standards of Care to replace the document previously distributed. 

These documents can also be found on, and
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