21st Century Guidelines for Distance Education: An Overview & Update

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Date: June 29, 2021  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

This webinar provided an overview of the development of and information about the 21st Century Guidelines for Distance Education for accreditors, which have replaced the 2011 C-RAC Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education. Presenters discussed:

  • The important role the 2011 C-RAC Guidelines have played in SARA's student consumer protections and state authorization reciprocity policies. 
  • The NC-SARA-commissioned project, completed by NCHEMS, which resulted in the new 21st Century Guidelines for accreditors.
  • How SARA-participating institutions and SARA member states reference and use the Guidelines in their SARA work. 
  • NC-SARA's proposed next steps for adoption and implementation, which will go to the NC-SARA Board in October 2021. 
  • How some accreditors may be adopting and using these guidelines in their various accreditation processes.


  • Lori Williams, President and CEO, NC-SARA
  • Sally Johnstone, President, NCHEMS
  • Barbara Brittingham, President Emeritus, NECHE
  • Laurie Dodge, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning, Brandman University, Participant in 21st Century Guidelines development, NC-SARA Board Member
  • Leroy Wade, Deputy Commissioner, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development; SARA State Portal Entity; NC-SARA Board Member
  • Jeannie Yockey-Fine, General Counsel, NC-SARA
  • Melanie Booth, Director of Educational Programs and Communications, NC-SARA

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