Message from the Provost
Universities that are recognized by the US Department of Education as being eligible to receive Title IV funding (financial aid for students) must be accredited by one of the nation's regional accrediting agencies. For Drexel, accreditation by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) rests on its published 14 Standards of Excellence. These standards speak generally to adherence to mission and continual quality improvement in institutional functions and in the education of students. In recent years, the regional accrediting agencies have been tasked to certify compliance with many new requirements and policies put in place by the US Department of Education in conjunction with periodic revisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
The first step in the re-accreditation process involves preparation of an institutional self-study followed by a site visit by a team of peer reviewers in early 2012. To launch the process, eight workgroups have been assembled under the direction of the MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee. Each workgroup is focused on evaluating Drexel's adherence to one or more of the 14 standards. These evaluations will be framed by a set of research questions developed by the workgroups. The research questions will not only align with the standards of excellence, but direct substantive inquiry into issues that are meaningful to the university.
As a faculty driven, campus-wide effort, it's important that all faculty keep abreast of our progress and participate in the discussions. This is an exciting and busy time for the University. Through this process, I believe the University community will have a wonderful opportunity to discover how far we have progressed and changed in the last 10 years, and to reflect on the meaning of those changes. I trust that thoughtful reflection on this journey will energize new insights into the future we can plan for Drexel's next decade.
To serve our students and society through comprehensive integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology, cooperative education, and clinical practice in an urban setting, with global outreach embracing research, scholarly activities, and community initiatives.
- Middle States Visit
March 18 - 21, 2012