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Jul 11, 2013

Middle States reaffirms Delaware Valley College’s accreditation

DelVal campus

Delaware Valley College's campus.


Delaware Valley College is pleased to report that at its session on June 27, 2013, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to reaffirm accreditation.

“The accreditation confirms that DelVal meets all 14 standards of excellence set forth by Middle States,” said Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, president of the College. “The recognition of the Commission is an important validation of the transformation we are making as a College, as we seek university status.”

A five-year, substantive college-wide self-study analysis was evaluated during a formal review by an eight-member visiting team who spent several days on campus in April 2013, chaired by Dr. Kevin Manning, president of Stevenson University, near Baltimore.

“The successful peer review affirms DelVal’s commitment to excellence as we continuing to accomplish the goals in our strategic plan,” said Dr. Bashar W. Hanna, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

The visiting team was impressed with the relationships between students and faculty. “Faculty and staff are to be commended for their work with the students,” Manning said at the conclusion of the visit in April.

For a prospective student, feedback like this and accreditation are important factors when deciding on a college, “providing credibility and a deeper understanding of the goals and trajectory of the institution and adding validity and meaning to their degree,” Dr. Brosnan said.

An 11-member steering committee made up of faculty, administrators and staff, with input from more than 100 members of campus community, worked on the self-study document. “We were able to produce a final document that enabled the Middle States accreditors to understand DelVal’s current performance and ambitious plans for the future,” said Janet Klaessig, electronic resources librarian and a member of the steering committee.

Dr. Cynthia Keler, associate professor of biology and also a member of the committee said of the Middle States decision, “Reaccreditation provides stability for the College to move forward and continue to offer a great teaching environment for our faculty and quality education and college experience for our students.”

“I am proud of the institution and all the work that went into writing the self-study and preparing for the visit,” Brosnan added.

As a regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education examines the entire institution, including its educational programs and curricula, student achievement, faculty, facilities and equipment, student support services, recruiting and admissions practices, the institution’s financial condition, administrative effectiveness, governing boards, and several other aspects of the institution.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

The College’s next date for reaffirmation for accreditation is 2023.