What's up with the Global Alliance for Transnational Education? http://www.edugate.org They talk like they are, or are planning to become, an international distance education accreditor. Obviously there's a need for an credible and understandable international QA body. Unfortunately I was unable to find a list of institutions that these people actually accredit. Just lots of fluff about conferences and newsletters. And I am troubled by the fact that GATE is owned by Jones International. How credible can a supposedly objective and impartial international DL QA body be when it is a subsidiary of a profit making American DL venture? I would much prefer that a group of the most respected and credible international universities already offering distance education band together to form an association, then develop some QA guidelines to evaluate new members to the group. And let the management of the group be by vote of its members.