Viridis Graduate Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). On June 21, 2019, the Commission awarded to Viridis Graduate Institute initial accreditation for a period of three years, through June 2022. At this time, Viridis will undergo its second required accreditation process.
Accreditation by DEAC is a reliable indicator of the value and quality of the distance education that an institution offers. In receiving this initial grant of accreditation, VGI has demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. DEAC's scope of recognition by the Secretary of Education is the accreditation of postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer degree and/or non-degree programs primarily by the distance or correspondence education method up to and including the professional doctoral degree. On September 20, 2017, DEAC was granted renewed recognition as an accreditor from the United States Department of Education for a period of five years.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA - http://chea.org/). DEAC's scope of recognition by CHEA is the accreditation of higher learning institutions in the United States and international locations that offer programs of study that are delivered primarily by distance (51 percent or more) and award credentials at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, first professional, and professional doctoral degree level.
The scope of VGI's accreditation extends to the following degree programs:
- Master of Arts in Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities
- Doctor of Arts in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities
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