What Accreditation Means to You

by Sally R. Welch, M.A., Assistant Director,

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

(Formerly the Distance Education and Training Council‒DETC)

1601 18th Street NW, Suite 2

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202-234-5100

Fax: 202-332-1386

If someone asked you if the institution you are taking a distance study course from is accredited, what would you say? What does accreditation mean to you as a student?

Accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that an institution will provide the quality of education it claims to offer. Accreditation assures the student that the institution operates on a sound financial basis, has an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and approved recruitment and admissions policies.

DEAC Accreditation

Blackstone Career Institute is an accredited online school; accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) (Formerly the Distance Education and Training Council‒DETC), Washington, D.C. This commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Because we are an accredited, online school we must conform to all educational and business standards of the DEAC’s accrediting commission, submit annual reports, and be re-examined every five years. In addition, any new courses we develop are reviewed by subject matter experts and approved by the commission. Questions about the Distance Education Accrediting Commission may be directed to Blackstone or to the DEAC (1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2, Washington, D.C. 20009 Tel: 202.234.5100, Fax: 202.332.1386).

Regional Accreditation

As an accredited online school, Blackstone Career Institute is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools.  Questions about Middle States may be directed to Blackstone or to MSA (3624 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, Telephone: (215) 662-5603, Fax: (215) 662-0957).

Pennsylvania State Licensure

Blackstone Career Institute is a private licensed school regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.  For questions or more information please contact Blackstone or Pennsylvania Department of Education (Bureau of Postsecondary Education, Occupational Training Schools, 333 Market Street, 12th Fl, Harrisburg, PA  17126-0333, Telephone: (717) 783-8228, Fax: (717) 772-3622).

Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)

Blackstone Career Institute appears in the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs, allowing active military personnel to seek tuition assistance for independent study, external degree, or vocational training programs in Blackstone’s accredited online school.


Blackstone Career Institute is an approved GoArmyEdschool with education plans included in the online GoArmyEd portal. GoArmyEd, part of the Army Continuing Education System (ACES), serves as a virtual gateway for soldiers on active duty to request Tuition Assistance (TA) for distance education programs. It enables soldiers to manage their college education and TA benefits from BCI’s accredited online school.