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September 10, 2015: Why is DEAC Blogging?

The long story short is that DEAC heard you during its strategic planning process that we kicked off earlier this year. We understand that DEAC members want to connect more frequently on pertinent, important topics with other DEAC institutions and partners. One of our strategies is to better leverage social media and implement a new DEAC blog—The Compass. Virtual interaction is a growing aspect of our everyday lives. As we engage and communicate with one another we strive to be a more purposeful and active part of this movement.

Every day, we are focused on developing new ways to advance our commitment to distance education by establishing high expectations for academic quality while inspiring excellence in teaching, learning, and student outcomes. The Compass blog will establish connections with distance education thought leaders and institutions as one way to implement the strategic initiatives that we introduced at our April 2015 conference: advocacy, leadership, and organizational excellence. In particular, we’ll be using social media in the following ways:

  • Advocacy: Through this channel, we will feature how distance education contributes to the greater social good by highlighting best practices and by sharing guidance on some of the most challenging issues our institutions currently face to support their students and assure the quality of education worldwide.
  • Leadership: Through increased social media presence, we will provide a venue for our most innovative pioneers to share how they are changing what distance education means everyday to help their students achieve their goals. We have an opportunity to connect leaders across the globe to improve the prospects for students every day, starting today.
  • Organizational Excellence: We are working to shift the paradigm through mechanisms that connect with our global stakeholder base, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. We are committed to advancing excellence among our institutions and to pushing the envelope every day to advance our strategic initiatives.

As DEAC continues to innovate and revitalize its presence in the social media landscape, our brand of excellence in distance education teaching and learning will continue to grow to support the students of today and tomorrow. We encourage you to engage with a global distance education network that fosters a culture of accountability, quality assurance and continuous improvement. We invite you to follow, friend, connect, and keep reading about us.


  1. Jayme Baumgardner wrote:

    Very much looking forward to following DEAC and the knowledge resource that is possible from this initiative.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  2. Tomoki Hotta wrote:

    I am very glad to know the DEAC Compass give us a lot of awarenesses for us
    developing our horizon of post-secondary

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  3. Mary Adams wrote:

    Congratulations to Leah and the DEAC. This is just one more way the DEAC is showing its leadership in higher education and distance learning. In addition to acting on the strategic initiatives of advocacy, leadership, and organizational excellence that were introduced at the April 2015 conference I would add that this blog creates greater transparency about DEAC which is important for DEAC and all of its stakeholders including students, regulators, accredited institutions and the public in general. Well done!

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  4. Gleason wrote:

    Excited to hear more from DEAC on the future of education and accreditation!

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  5. Jim Gepperth wrote:

    I have shared this information with our instructor team and staff. We look forward to more engagement with DEAC and other distance educators. Very exciting!

    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  6. Lute Atieh wrote:

    This is great, I’m glad it is mobile friendly as well. Nice resource.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  7. Alex wrote:

    Thank you for breaking the paradigm of long distance education. It is the future, and this will help us get there.

    Friday, September 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  8. Thanks Leah – this is a great resource! I will be sharing this with all the team members at

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm | Permalink