DSU Self Study
“Reflecting on our Past while Preparing for our Future”
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.
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’s 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.
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 14 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 the administration, faculty, student body as well as the national and international communities.