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Delaware State University Self-Study

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Middle States Accreditation What is accreditation? Accreditation is part of the self-regulation process within the independent sector of higher education in the United States. It involves a comprehensive self-study assessment by outside higher education professionals. There is a 10-year interval of self-examination, external review, and commission approval with a 5 year Periodic Review Report. Institutions are to meet 14 specified regional standards of quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the quality and effectiveness of university educational programs and services. Delaware State University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Established in 1919 the Middle States CHE is one of the “regional accrediting agencies” recognized by the federal government to accredit educational institutions within the mid-Atlantic region. In the Middle States region there are  14 standards of higher education achievement.   This self-study assesses the university‘s effectiveness in relationship to that tripartite Mission and its Strategic Goals. In addition, the self-study process allowed campus leaders to identify strengths and areas for improvement in relation to the Commission‘s fourteen Standards. The comprehensive design model for the self-study provides an excellent opportunity to involve faculty, staff, students, and community members in the process of developing a more sophisticated understanding of the university mission and vision as they apply to administration, faculty, student body as well as the national and international communities.   Table of Contents   Executive Summary   I. Introduction Chapter 1: Institutional Profile Chapter 2: Organization of the Steering Committee and Work Groups Chapter 3: Nature and Scope of the Self-Study    II. Self-Study Topics Chapter 4: Supporting Institutional Renewal (Standards 1, 2, and 3)             Standard 1: Mission and Goals             Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal             Standard 3: Institutional Resources Chapter 5: Organizational Leadership and Decision Making (Standards 4, 5, and 6)             Standard 4: Leadership and Governance             Standard 5: Administration             Standard 6: Integrity   Chapter 6: Discovery and Improvement through Assessment (Standard 7)             Standard 7: Institutional Assessment   Chapter 7: College Access and Opportunities for Students (Standards 8 and 9)             Standard 8: Student Admissions and Retention             Standard 9: Student Support Services   Chapter 8: Promoting, Facilitating and Evaluating the Process of Learning   (Standards 10, 11, 12 and 13)             Standard 10: Faculty             Standard 11: Educational Offerings             Standard 12: General Education             Standard 13: Related Educational Activities Chapter 9: Data Informed Improvements for Student Learning (Standard 14)             Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning    III. Conclusion and Summary of Recommendations Chapter 10: Conclusion and Summary of Recommendations List of Appendices

Science Extravaganza

Delaware State University and the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Program are co-sponsoring a Science Extravaganza for K-12 students and teachers on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Darryl Baynes, president and CEO of Interactive Sciences, will hold a science assembly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a workshop for teachers, and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. there will be science stations set up for students.

Leroy A. Tice, Esq.

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Leroy A. Tice, Esq. Appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in January 2010 to complete the term of Dr. Lillian Lowery, who resigned. Sworn in that same month. Committees Audit Committee Student Affairs Committee Leroy A. Tice, is an attorney with his Wilmington firm of Leroy A. Tice, Esquire, P.A., a general litigation firm that focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, worker's compensation and civil rights matters. Mr. Tice is a member of both the Delaware State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a member of the Delaware Bar Association’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, the Delaware Trial Lawyers, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as an outside counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and as a special hearing officer for the Prestige Academy, a Wilmington charter school. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Delaware State University and later earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a native of Milford, DE, a 1987 graduate of Milford High School and also a 2002 alumnus of DSU. Mr. Tice was appointed to finish the six-year term of Dr. Lillian A. Lowery, who resigned from the board in January 2010. In completing Dr. Lowery’s term, Mr. Tice’s current appointment lasts until Oct. 17, 2014.  
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Charles S. McDowell, Esq.

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Charles S. McDowell, Esq.  First appointed by the Board in August 2006. Current Expiration Date – Aug. 31, 2018 Committees Executive Committee Committee on Trustees, chair Finance and Facilities Committee Mr. McDowell is a former partner and currently is of-counsel with Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP. He currently is a director of the Delaware Bar Foundation and a director and president of the Delaware State Bar Insurance Services, Inc., He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of East Side Charter School.  Mr. McDowell earned a BA in History from Princeton University in 1967 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Law School of the University of Virginia in 1974.
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Charles S. McDowell, Esq.

 

Financial Policies and Procedures

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3-00: Financial Policies and Procedures Table of Contents 03-04: Travel Policy 03-05: Fixed Asset and Inventory Management Policy 03-06: Purchase Card Policy  

University Athletics

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11-00: University Athletics Policies and Procedures Table of Contents 11-01: Department of Intercollegiate Athletics: Policies and Procedures Manual 11-02:Sport Concussion Policy 11-03: Catastrophic Injury Plan  

Delaware State University Self-Study

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DSU recently completed its 2011-12 Self-Study: “Reflecting on our Past while Preparing for our Future” and will
 undergo an accreditation review by the Evaluation Team representing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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Delaware State University welcomes the Evaluation Team representing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education , April 1-4

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"Reflecting on our Past while Preparing for our Future" 2011- 2012 Delaware State University Self-Study Evaluation Team Report to Faculty, Administration, Trustees, and Students (4 20 12)   On June 28, 2012, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education voted to reaffirm DSU’s accreditation and to commend DSU for progress to date, for the quality of the self-study process, and for the quality of the self-study report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.     Dr. Harry Lee Williams President   Welcome to the Delaware State University Self-Study website.  Delaware State University’s overall accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools ensures adherence to standards of excellence that range from mission and goals to educational effectiveness.  Accreditation is an ongoing, integrated process and is a sign of academic excellence and an external measure of accountability.  This site is intended to educate and inform the campus on the self-study process and the accreditation review. It also  provides a detailed view of Delaware State University’s (DSU) compliance with MSCHE 14 standards.  The University Self-Study Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness and the Director of the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, led the 2012 self-study process.   The University’s Self-Study has two overarching goals. While creating a comprehensive review of DSU’s performance as measured against MSCHE’s 14 Standards, the Self-Study also creates a framework for continuous growth and improvement as DSU implements its new vision to become one of America’s most highly respected HBCUs. The self-study process serves the institution as a mechanism for institutional improvement and renewal by providing an agenda for action. In order to reach these goals, the self-study objectives are as follows: Conduct a thorough assessment of the institution’s effectiveness in accomplishing its Mission and goals; Identify the institution’s strengths and suggested areas for growth and expansion; Demonstrate evidence of ongoing efforts to correct identified areas in order to continuously improve; Infuse the campus culture with greater awareness and enthusiasm for change that leads to continuous improvement; Continue to utilize the critical components of assessment, planning, and budget allocation as a basis for data-informed decision-making; Produce a set of thoughtful action items and suggestions that will improve all aspects of the University. Thanks to all faculty, staff, students and others, who assisted with the process.   Campus Map Faculty and Staff Policies and Procedures Delaware State University's Strategic Plan Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

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6-00: Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Policies and Procedures Table of Contents 6-01:  Field Trip Policy (Release of Liability Agreement & Medical Information Form) 6-05:  DSU Student Conduct Standards and Policies 6-07: Emergency Procedures Guide 6-08: Minors on Campus 6-09: Change of Grades 6-10: DSU Movies Policy    

Human Resources Policies and Procedures

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4-00: Human Resources Policies and Procedures Table of Contents 4-03:  Essential Employee Policy 4-04:  Records Management, Retention & Disposition 4-05:  Misuse of Confidential Information 4-07: Dress Code Policy 4-08: Nepotism 4-12: Conflict of Interest Policy 4-13: Access to Policies and Procedures 4-15: Employee Tardiness Policy 4-22: Probationary Period 4-24: Military Leave 4-28: Employment Background Check Process 4-30: HIV/AIDS Policy 4-32: Whistleblower Policy 4-40: Sabbatical Leave Policy  

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