At Drexel, we have 32 distinct bodies of external accreditors who cyclically visit certain of the university’s colleges and programs. Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of professional programs offered by those institutions. At its best, accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. The United States is unique in that accreditation of specialized academic programs takes place outside the control of government. This separation differs from practices in most other countries; in fact, the emphasis on voluntary peer review is unique in the world. The overarching accreditation body for Drexel University in the aggregate is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education or MSCHE.
One of the responsibilities of the the Office of Assessment and Accreditation is to work with departments/programs that are either seeking initial accreditation or those looking to re-affirm with the specific accrediting body. This support consists of guidance as well as representation of the overall Drexel assessment efforts to the external reviewers.