DEAC’s accreditation process is extensive, comprehensive and rigorous. Passing the DEAC readiness threshold requires considerable time and resources. While many applicants who clear the readiness threshold go on to achieve initial accreditation, this outcome is never a certainty. It is important to fully comprehend all aspects of the institutional readiness assessment before deciding to apply to DEAC. This webinar offers a comprehensive overview of the DEAC readiness assessment process, which begins when an institution submits its initial Self-Study Report (SER). Dr. Urofsky and Ms. Adams will review and discuss the purpose, procedures, outcomes, and challenges involved in this crucial gatekeeping step toward achieving DEAC accreditation. This webinar is designed to help applicant institutions understand what happens once the SER has been submitted as well as the “deemed ready” and “deemed not ready” findings. We will also provide attendees with strategies and insight on how best to use the feedback report generated by the readiness evaluation and prepare for the next steps.