(Washington, DC) –The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) announced on January 26, 2016 that the DeTao Masters Academy Advanced Classes has been certified as a CHEA/International Quality Group (CIQG) Quality Platform Provider. The certificate was presented to DeTao at the 2016 Annual Conference, held January 25-27 in Washington, DC.
The Quality Platform is a pilot project of CHEA to review the academic quality of innovative, new providers of higher education that typically offer courses or modules, but not degrees, apart from traditional colleges and universities. In the United States, such providers are viewed as important responses to enhancing both access and affordability for students. The platform is an outcomes-based review that focuses first and foremost on what students have learned to judge the quality of the provider. The review has two parts: The provider submits comprehensive documentation that the Quality Platform standards are met and then undergoes a site visit by an Expert Team
DeTao is a private company in China set up in 2012 with the aim of developing innovative educational programs that go beyond conventional education approaches and are not part of the traditional higher education system in China. The programs are designed and implemented with the guidance of teaching staff from China and as many as 25 additional countries (designated as “Masters” by DeTao), with distinguished academic or industry backgrounds in a variety of disciplines. The educational branch of DeTao, DMH (DeTao Masters Heritage) has developed three major educational programs: Advanced Classes, Industrial Training, and O+O (Online and Onsite) Learning. The Quality Platform reviewed DeTao’s Advanced Classes.
"CHEA was fortunate that the DeTao Masters Academy Advanced Classes agreed to be the first provider to undertake this pilot review," said CHEA President Judith Eaton. "DeTao did an excellent job of providing evidence that its learning outcomes are articulated and achieved, that they meet postsecondary expectations and that transparency is maintained and comparability is established. These are the four standards of the Quality Platform. We were very impressed with DeTao’s thoroughness and diligence in demonstrating that they met the standards."
CHEA assembled an Expert Team of well-known and highly regarded international quality assurance experts who conducted the site visit and reviewed the documentation provided. The Team was impressed by DeTao's dedication, commitment to students and the quality of the learning outcomes and determined that DeTao Advanced Classes should be certified as a Quality Platform Provider.
"This has been an exciting first step forward for the Quality Platform," Eaton stated. "We believe that the results of the pilot show that there is real value in review of innovative, new providers, especially the central focus on student learning outcomes. Students, parents and others who are reaching out to these providers can benefit from reliable information about their success with students and what students have learned. We look forward to additional pilots and building this capacity that, over time, might be used by, e.g., accrediting or quality assurance bodies.”
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A national advocate and institutional voice for academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 62 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) serves as a U.S.-based international forum for quality assurance and accreditation. The CIQG provides services to CIQG members intended to advance understanding of international quality assurance, assist institutions and accreditation/quality assurance organizations in their expanding international engagement and further enhance capacity for academic quality in international higher education.