For distance education programs, the Distance and Education Training Council is THE accrediting and standard setting agency. In this Web site, the Council publishes an online directory of correspondence/home study programs with participating, accredited institutions, complete with Web links when available.
Another excellent site for distance education, you can search by subject, course, and provider, as well as by type of instructional program such as conference, seminar, lecture, local college course, online college course, online course, CD, degreed and more. The search results page lists a brief sketch of the provider, including any accrediting agencies, as well as ratings of the instructor, along with any other courses he/she has taught, and the option of email notification for when the course will next be offered, if it is currently closed.
VU has been hosting free distance learning programs on the Internet since 1981. Simply fill out the subscription form located in the main menu to receive the free newsletter of upcoming classes and enroll. Classes are open to anyone and there is a $15 registration fee per term. Participants can take up to three courses at a time.