Realtor University receives accreditation
WASHINGTON – March 8, 2016 – Realtor® University – the only advanced online education institution centered exclusively on real estate – has received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Accreditation has been a top Realtor University priority since its inception in 2011. The process takes nearly two years and can only start after a school has already stably operating for two years. Realtor University first enrolled students in 2012 and began the accreditation process in 2014.
"Accreditation is a rigorous process that every new university must go through to be recognized as a legitimate and credible institution of higher learning," says Sharon Millett, chair of Realtor University's Board of Regents. "Realtor University has met the DEAC's strict criteria for education, ethical and business practices, affirming our program's unique blend of practical and applied learning for real estate professionals."
Realtor University provides a Master's degree program for real estate professionals.
"As the voice of real estate, the National Association of Realtors created Realtor University to serve as the ultimate resource for advanced education in real estate and to raise the bar of professionalism in our industry," says NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "We are excited that this is only the beginning for the university, and there are plans underway to expand the programs available and further advance professionalism in our industry."
Courses are offered in eight-week sessions, six times annually and taught by Ph.D.-level academics and practitioners. The program includes a business and real estate core curriculum with concentrations in Residential Sales, Marketing and Management; Commercial Real Estate Investment and Analysis; Real Estate Asset and Property Management; Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation Services; and Real Estate Association Management.
"The DEAC is pleased to welcome the institution to the DEAC community of educators, where a focus on service to students reflects a longstanding commitment to best practices in teaching and learning in distance education," says Dr. Leah K. Matthews, executive director of DEAC.
Realtor University also has the largest real estate library in the world, and is home to the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies, a think tank and real estate research laboratory that provides data and analysis relevant on industry trends and policy issues.
For more information, visit Realtor University's website.
Realtor University is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established and operated exclusively for educational, research and related purposes. Its Board of Regents governs the affairs of the University. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions.© 2016 Florida Realtors®