Sonoran Desert Institute Announces DEAC Accreditation Renewal

  • SDI Admin

Sonoran Desert Institute is pleased to announce the successful renewal of its accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Tempe, AZ – Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) has received notification of its renewal of accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Accreditation renewal was granted to SDI for five years through June 2028, the maximum accreditation time period permitted by DEAC.

Accreditation by DEAC is a reliable indicator of the value and quality of the distance education that an institution offers. In receiving this renewal of accreditation, SDI has demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.

President of SDI, Traci Lee, said: “Sonoran Desert Institute is excited to announce our renewal of accreditation. This affirms our dedication to SDI’s mission to provide students with current, industry-driven, quality education with a focus on specialized programs delivered through online distance education and practical application. We focus on high-quality learning, student and graduate achievement, and superior service for our students, alumni, and partners, strengthening our reputation in higher education and the industries we serve.”

The scope of Sonoran Desert Institute accreditation extends to the following existing programs and other new offerings, which will be launched at future dates.

Degree Programs

Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing

Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems

About DEAC

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as an institutional accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. DEAC’s geographic area of accreditation activities includes all states within the United States and international locations.

About Sonoran Desert Institute

Sonoran Desert Institute is an online school that helps students learn the skills and techniques they’ll need to be successful in the firearms and unmanned technology industries. SDI is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). At its inception, the Institute offered Gunsmithing as a program, which ultimately became the foundation for SDI’s growth. Key to the success of the Institute is its comprehensive approach to easily understood curriculum, attention to providing quality service to its students, and the flexibility of its instructional model. For more information, visit:

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